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Reagan’s Executive Order 12591-4

In the implementation of Bayh-Dole, then, employee-inventors own unless they assign rights, such as to an institutional Contractor. We can use “Contractor” with a capital “C” to follow the usage in the Federal Procurement Regulation’s patent rights clause that implements … Continue reading

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Reagan’s Executive Order 12591-3

President Reagan’s Executive Order 12591 does one more odd thing. It makes the contractor’s title to patents conditioned on a government license. But this government license is not the one required by Bayh-Dole. Here’s Bayh-Dole (35 USC 202(c)(4)): With respect … Continue reading

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Reagan’s Executive Order 12591-2

So far we have discussed President Reagan’s Executive Order 12591 mandating the promotion of commercialization (something not in Bayh-Dole) by having federal agencies grant title to patents to all contractors–not just to large companies that otherwise operated still under the … Continue reading

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Reagan’s Executive Order 12591-1

[Some slight elaborations here and there. 1/6/2020.] In 1987, President Reagan issued Executive Order 12591, which extended, sort of, the Bayh-Dole Act to all federal contracting. Let’s work through EO 12591 and try to sort out this out. It’s rather … Continue reading

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Federal law on inventions made with federal support

First, the brief version: Specialty statutes for specific federal purposes control federal claims of ownership of inventions made under federal contract. The Nixon patent policy as amended by Reagan’s executive order otherwise controls federal claims of ownership of inventions made under … Continue reading

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