MPEP 903.01
Statutory Authority

This is the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 08.2017, Last Revised in January 2018

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903.01    Statutory Authority [R-08.2012]

The statutory authority for establishing and maintaining a classification system is given in the following statute, which states:

35 U.S.C. 8 Classification of patents.

The Director may revise and maintain the classification by subject matter of United States letters patent, and such other patents and printed publications as may be necessary or practicable, for the purpose of determining with readiness and accuracy the novelty of inventions for which applications for patent are filed.