35 U.S. Code § 262 - Joint owners
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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.
Source(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 Notes
This section states a condition in existing law not expressed in the existing statutes.
1994—Pub. L. 103–465substituted “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 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 103–465effective 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) ofPub. L. 103–465, set out as a note under section 154 of this title.