S.65 - Federal Laboratory Technology Utilization Act of 198599th Congress (1985-1986)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Dole, Robert J. [R-KS] (Introduced 01/03/1985)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||04/16/1985 Committee on Judiciary requested executive comment from Justice Department, Commerce Department (Patent and Trademark Office). (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.65 — 99th Congress (1985-1986)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (01/03/1985)
Federal Laboratory Technology Utilization Act of 1985 - Authorizes Federal agencies to permit their laboratories to enter into cooperative research and development arrangements with other Federal, State, and local agencies, universities, industrial organizations, or other persons including licensees of inventions owned by the Federal agency or general partners of research and development limited partnerships. Permits such laboratories to exchange funds, services, and property with collaborators, grant such collaborators patent licenses or assignments, waive Federal ownership of inventions made by a collaborator, and negotiate licensing agreements for federally owned inventions.
Sets forth a formula for the distribution of royalties or other income received by such laboratories from the licensing of cooperatively produced inventions to Federal agency employee inventors, the laboratories themselves, and the Treasury. Requires affected Federal agencies to report annually to the appropriate congressional committees on the income from and distribution of royalties.
Directs the Secretary of Commerce to provide procedures, training, and advice to Federal laboratories on recognizing the commercial potential of new technologies and inventions. Requires the Secretary to report biannually to the President and the Congress on Federal agency participation in this program.
Makes it the policy of the Federal Government to encourage the commercialization of inventions by Federal or former Federal employees made by them during their Federal employment and exempts such efforts from otherwise applicable violations. Permits such an employee to retain title to an invention (subject to retention by the Government of a nonexclusive license) unless the agency intends to file a patent application itself in order to promote commercialization. Sets forth other permissible conditions on such an inventor's title.