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Entitled the “Science and Technology Research and Development Utilization

Policy Act”.

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MAY 22 (legislative day, May 21), 1979
Mr. SCHMITT (for himself, Mr. CANNON, and Mr. STEVENSON) introduced the

following bill; which was read twice and referred jointly, by unanimous
consent, to the Committees on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and
Governmental Affairs with instructions that if one committee orders the bill
reported, the other has 60 days in which to act

A BILL
Entitled the “Science and Technology Research and

Development Utilization Policy Act”.

1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3

TITLE I-POLICY

4 SEC. 101. FINDINGS.

5 The Congress, recognizing the profound impact of sci6 ence, engineering, and technology policy on the economic, 7 social, political, technological well-being, and the health and

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1 safety of the Nation as a whole, hereby finds and declares

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(1) The United States has recently experienced a

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decline in the process of industrial innovation and productivity which is integrally related to, and adversely impacts upon, domestic productivity, the rate of economic growth, the level of employment, the balance of

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trade, and the attainment of other national goals.

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(2) The national support of scientific and techno

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logical research and development is indispensable to sustained growth and economic stability, and it is in

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the national interest to maximize the benefits to the

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ent with the public interest and the equities of the re

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spective parties.

(4) Current Federal policy with respect to the allocation of rights to the results of federally sponsored research and development deters contractor participation in Government contracts, delays technological progress, and stifles the innovative process.

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(5) The present United States system for the acquisition of intellectual property rights resulting from privately funded research and development, while fun

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damentally sound, is in need of modifications to dimin

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ish the existing uncertainty and the high costs incurred in enforcing proprietary rights.

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(6) There is a need for the establishment and im

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plementation of a flexible Government-wide policy for the management and utilization of the results of federally funded research and development. This policy should promote the progress of science and the useful

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arts, encourage the efficient commercial utilization of

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technological developments and discoveries, guarantee the protection of the public interest, and recognize the equities of the contracting parties.

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(1) establish and maintain a Federal policy for the

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management and use of the results of federally sponsored science and technology research and develop

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(2) insure the effective implementation of the pro

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visions of this Act, and to monitor on a continuing

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basis the impact of Federal science and technology policies on innovation and technology development.

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cal experience working with the various Government patent policies.

I would also note that today's first witness, Mr. R. Tenney Johnson, is not only a close personal friend of mine, but a distinguished public servant, having served as General Counsel for three different Federal agencies, and Deputy General Counsel for two other agencies. Mr. Johnson's expertise in the area of Government patent policy is highlighted by his role as an advisor to the Commission on Government Procurement, and as a principal draftsman of President Kennedy's patent policy of 1963.

I look forward with great anticipation to his testimony as well as to those of other distinguished experts in this field.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. [The bill follows:)

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Entitled the “Science and Technology Research and Development Utilization

Policy Act”.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

MAY 22 (legislative day, May 21), 1979 Mr. SCHMITT (for himself, Mr. CANNON, and Mr. STEVENSON) introduced the

following bill; which was read twice and referred jointly, by unanimous consent, to the Committees on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Governmental Affairs with instructions that if one committee orders the bill reported, the other has 60 days in which to act

A BILL

Entitled the “Science and Technology Research and

Development Utilization Policy Act".

1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

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5 The Congress, recognizing the profound impact of sci6 ence, engineering, and technology policy on the economic, 7 social, political, technological well-being, and the health and

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