Accession Number:

ADA158719

Title:

Federal Agencies' Policies and Practices Are in Accordance with Patent and Trademark Amendments of 1980.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-08-29

Pagination or Media Count:

29.0

Abstract:

The Patent and Trademark Amendments of 1980 allows small businesses and nonprofit organizations the option to retain title to inventions resulting from federally sponsored research projects. This law also reiterates federal agencies authority to grant licenses for inventions that they own. In February 1983 President Reagan directed federal agencies, to the extent permitted by law, to adopt substantially the same policies set forth in the law for all contractors as well as for small business and nonprofit organizations. GAO found that the 10 federal agencies that accounted for 98 percent of the total actual and estimated federal research and development RD obligations in fiscal years 1983 and 1984, respectively, are allowing grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements recipients to retain title to inventions discovered while performing federally funded research projects. These agencies are also granting licenses for inventions that they own. In addition, GAO found that the Commerce Department is fulfilling its lead agency role of monitoring federal agencies implementation of the law. Also, federal officials and representatives of various small business and nonprofit organizations trade associations and interest groups have mixed perceptions of whether the law has caused any increases or decreases in their groups R D activities. This is the third report submitted by the Comptroller General on how federal agencies are implementing Public Law 96-517. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE