For the most part, ownership rights in inventions made with government funds by organizations that do not qualify as small business or nonprofit organizations remain with the government. Various government agencies can waive such rights, however, in the event the interest of the United States and the public would be best served thereby. The extent to which rights are waived or inventions are licensed varies from agency to agency. Under the law, agencies can license inventions both exclusively and nonexclusively. The procedures for doing so are governed by a Federal Property Management Regulation (FPMR) put out by the GSA (consult 41 CFR 1014).
KeywordsFederal Government Small Business Patent Application Nonprofit Organization Federal Laboratory
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