Skip to main content

Application of 18 U.S.C. § 209 to Employee-Inventors Who Receive Outside Royalty Payments

Date of Issuance:

A federal government employee who obtains patent rights to an invention made in the course of federal employment ordinarily does not violate 18 U S.C. § 209 by licensing the patent rights to a private entity and receiving royalty payments in exchange.

Updated July 9, 2014