Government Patent Policy: The Evolution of U.S. Government Policy Concerning Patents Resulting from Federally Funded Research and Development, 1941-1977.
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The purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of a most complex and low-visibility subject, U.S. Government policy towards patents resulting from federally funded research and development contracts. The report covers the period 1941 through 1977 and discusses the evolution of current U.S. Government patent policy. Various attempts by all three branches of the federal Government to establish a uniform patent policy are summarized along with a discussion of current policy and proposed legislation, and a synopsis of Department of Defense policy and procedures. The report ends with a prediction of future legislation to establish a uniform patent policy, and a note of warning to the Department of Defense if that new policy requires the Government to take title to all inventions resulting from federally funded research and development.
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