Amendments to the Patent and Trademark Laws (commonly known as the Bayh-Doyle Act), Pub. L. No. 96-517 (1980), codified at 35 U.S.C. §§200-12,
The Bayh-Doyle Act provides, in part, for contractors to obtain title to a patent derived from research and development performed under federal funding if they are small businesses, universities, or not-for-profit institutions. Certain rights are reserved for the government and these organizations are required to commercialize the patent within a predetermined and agreed-on time.
See also Edit
- Wendy H. Schacht, "The Bayh-Dole Act: Selected Issues in Patent Policy and the Commercialization of Technology" (CRS Report RL32076)(full-text).