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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 decline in the process of industrial innovation and pro

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ductivity 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 technological 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 respective 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

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progress, and stifles the innovative process.

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(5) The present United States system for the ac

tion 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.

(6) There is a need for the establishment and implementation 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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the President such proposed rules, regulations, and

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procedures necessary and desirable to assure the consistent application of the provisions of this Act;

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(3) to accumulate, analyze, and disseminate data

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necessary to evaluate the administration and effective

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ness of the policies set forth in this Act;

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(4) to determine with administrative finality any dispute between a Federal agency and an aggrieved

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party arising under title III or title IV of this Act;

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(5) monitor, on a continuing basis, the rights of the Government under section 304 of this Act in any invention made under a contract of a Federal agency, and take all suitable and necessary steps to protect and

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enforce the rights of the Government in any such in

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(6) to perform such other duties as may be pre17 scribed by the President or by statute. 18 (c) For the purpose of assuring the effective manage19 ment of Government-owned inventions, the Secretary is au

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(1) assist and coordinate agency efforts to promote

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the licensing and utilization of Government-owned in

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ventions;

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(2) accept custody and administration, in whole or in part, of Government rights in any invention for the

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(3) develop and manage a Government-wide program designed to stimulate the transfer of Government-owned technology to the private sector through the development, demonstration, and dissemination of

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information regarding potential applications and evalu

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ate and assist where appropriate the participation of the private sector in the technology transfer process;

(4) evaluate, with the assistance of the originating

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agency, Government-owned inventions in order to

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(5) assist the Federal agencies in seeking protec

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tion and maintaining inventions in foreign countries, including the payment of fees and costs connected therewith;

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(6) make market surveys and other investigations for determining the potential of inventions for domestic and foreign licensing and other utilization;

(7) acquire technical information and engage in negotiations and other activities for promoting the licensing and other utilization of Government-owned in

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ventions and to demonstrate the practicability of the inventions for the purpose of enhancing their

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marketability;

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(8) consult and advise Federal agencies as to

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areas of science and technology research and development with potential for commercial utilization; and

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(9) receive funds from fees, royalties, sales, or

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other management of Government-owned inventions

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authorized under this Act: Provided, however, That

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such funds will be used only for the purpose of this

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(d) The Secretary shall submit an annual report of its

13 activities to Congress, including therein (1) relevant statisti14 cal data regarding the disposition of invention disclosures re15 sulting from federally funded research and development; (2) 16 any recommendation as to legislative or administrative 17 changes necessary to better achieve the policy and purposes 18 of this Act; and (3) an analysis of the impact of Federal poli

19 cies on the purposes of this Act. 20 (e) The Secretary shall establish such interagency com21 mittees as are necessary to assist in the review and formula22 tion of rules, regulations, and procedures implementing the 23 provisions of this Act.

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