35 U.S.C. § 262

Current through P.L. 118-34 (published on www.congress.gov on 12/26/2023), except for [P. L. 118-31]
Section 262 - Joint owners

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

July 19, 1952, ch. 950, 66 Stat. 810; Pub. L. 103-465, title V, §533(b)(3), Dec. 8, 1994, 108 Stat. 4989.

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".


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 154 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.