Accession Number:

AD1064300

Title:

Government vs. the Federal Employee: Who Owns the Patent

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article - Open Access

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL COUNSEL WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2018-12-12

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

Pharmaceutical companies frequently offer federal employees conditional gifts for research purposes. One condition often requested by pharmaceutical company attorneys is the exclusive right to any ideas or inventions developed at the federal facility by the federal employee working with products or equipment donated by the pharmaceutical company. Unfortunately for the pharmaceutical company, this is not allowable under federal regulations, which supersede any such contractual condition. In this column, I will discuss the evolution of the patent laws governing federal employees and the rationale behind them. I will also explain the circumstance under which federal employees can hold patents to products they develop.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE