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2205.1 (F) Multiple Dates in a Notice

2205.1 (F) Multiple Dates in a Notice


If the notice contains two or more dates and if none of those dates represent the year of first publication, the registration specialist will use the most recent date to determine if the work was published with an adequate notice.


If the notice contains earlier dates as well as the actual year of first publication, the specialist may communicate with the applicant if it appears that the work is a derivative work and the earlier dates refer to the date of publication for an earlier version(s) or edition(s) of the work. In this case the specialist will ask the applicant to complete the Limitation of Claim field/space in order to limit the claim to the new material appearing in the derivative work for the first time. Likewise, the specialist may communicate with the applicant if it appears that the earlier dates refer to the date of registration for any unclaimable material that has been incorporated into the work.