Date stamping software
smb at ulysses.att.com
Thu Jul 18 09:07:00 EST 1991
In article <1991Jul18.015251.11417 at lynx.CS.ORST.EDU>, kramer at beasley.CS.ORST.EDU (Jack Kramer - Biophysics) writes:
> Is this really a request for information on obtaining "patents" from
> a United States government (NIH) organization?
> Is the federal government using tax dollars to directly compete with private
> individuals and businesses.
Patent law explicitly permits the Federal government to obtain patents.
Generally, though, these patents are licensed royalty-free to all comers.
(No, I don't know why they bother to patent things in that case...)
Please note that I'm not defending the status quo (that's a topic for
another newsgroup); I'm simply stating what it is.
Incidentally, this is distinct from copyright law -- the Federal government
is explicitly barred from copyrighting anything.
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