In the absence of any agreement to the contrary, each of the joint owners of a patent may make, use, offer to sell, or sell the patented invention within the United States, or import the patented invention into the United States, without the consent of and without accounting to the other owners.
35 U.S.C. § 262
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTESThis section states a condition in existing law not expressed in the existing statutes.
AMENDMENTS1994- Pub. L. 103-465 substituted "use, offer to sell, or sell" for "use or sell" and inserted "within the United States, or import the patented invention into the United States," after "invention".
STATUTORY NOTES AND RELATED SUBSIDIARIES
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1994 AMENDMENTAmendment by Pub. L. 103-465 effective on date that is one year after date on which the WTO Agreement enters into force with respect to the United States [Jan. 1, 1995], with provisions relating to earliest filed patent application, see section 534(a), (b)(3) of Pub. L. 103-465 set out as a note under section of this title.
- The term "invention" means invention or discovery.
- United States
- The terms "United States" and "this country" mean the United States of America, its territories and possessions.