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10 U.S. Code § 3793 - Copyrights, patents, designs, etc.; acquisition

Funds appropriated for a military department available for making or procuring supplies may be used to acquire any of the following if the acquisition relates to supplies or processes produced or used by or for, or useful to, that department:
Copyrights, patents, and applications for patents.
Licenses under copyrights, patents, and applications for patents.
Design and process data, technical data, and computer software.
Releases for past infringement of patents or copyrights or for unauthorized use of technical data or computer software.

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)



Aug. 1, 1953, ch. 305, § 609, 67 Stat. 350.

The words “equipment, and materials” are omitted as covered by the word “supplies”. The word “hereafter” is omitted as executed. The words “may be used” are substituted for the words “shall * * * be available”. The words “if the acquisition relates to” are substituted for 31:649b (1st 8 words of last sentence). In clauses (1), (2), and (4), the word “patents” is substituted for the words “letters patent”.

Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

A prior section 3793, added Pub. L. 86–616, § 3(a), July 12, 1960, 74 Stat. 389, provided for boards of review, composed of three or more general officers, to be convened by Secretary of the Army, at such places as he prescribes, to review records of cases of officers recommended by boards of inquiry for removal from active list of Regular Army, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 96–513, title II, § 213, title VII, § 701, Dec. 12, 1980, 94 Stat. 2885, 2955, effective Sept. 15, 1981.


2021—Pub. L. 116–283, § 1833(o)(2), as amended by Pub. L. 117–81, § 1701(b)(12)(B), renumbered section 2386 of this title as this section.

1996—Par. (3). Pub. L. 104–106 amended par. (3) generally, substituting “Design and process data, technical data, and computer software” for “Technical data and computer software”.

1994—Pars. (3), (4). Pub. L. 103–355 added pars. (3) and (4) and struck out former pars. (3) and (4) which read as follows:

“(3) Designs, processes, and manufacturing data.

“(4) Releases, before suit is brought, for past infringement of patents or copyrights.”

1960—Pub. L. 86–726 inserted “or copyrights” after “patents” in cl. (4).

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2021 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 117–81 applicable as if included in the enactment of title XVIII of Pub. L. 116–283 as enacted, see section 1701(a)(2) of Pub. L. 117–81, set out in a note preceding section 3001 of this title and note below.

Amendment by Pub. L. 116–283 effective Jan. 1, 2022, with additional provisions for delayed implementation and applicability of existing law, see section 1801(d) of Pub. L. 116–283, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.