42 U.S. Code § 16192 - Next Generation Lighting Initiative
In this section:
(1) Advanced solid-state lighting
The term “advanced solid-state lighting” means a semiconducting device package and delivery system that produces white light using externally applied voltage.
(2) Industry Alliance
The term “Industry Alliance” means an entity selected by the Secretary under subsection (d).
The term “Initiative” means the Next Generation Lighting Initiative carried out under this section.
The term “research” includes research on the technologies, materials, and manufacturing processes required for white light emitting diodes.
The Secretary shall carry out a Next Generation Lighting Initiative in accordance with this section to support research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities related to advanced solid-state lighting technologies based on white light emitting diodes.
The objectives of the Initiative shall be to develop advanced solid-state organic and inorganic lighting technologies based on white light emitting diodes that, compared to incandescent and fluorescent lighting technologies, are longer lasting, are more energy-efficient and cost-competitive, and have less environmental impact.
(d) Industry Alliance
Not later than 90 days after August 8, 2005, the Secretary shall competitively select an Industry Alliance to represent participants who are private, for-profit firms, open to large and small businesses, that, as a group, are broadly representative of United States solid-state lighting research, development, infrastructure, and manufacturing expertise as a whole.
The Secretary shall carry out the research activities of the Initiative through competitively awarded grants to—
(2) Industry alliance
The Secretary shall annually solicit from the Industry Alliance—
(f) Development, demonstration, and commercial application
(1) In general
The Secretary shall carry out a development, demonstration, and commercial application program for the Initiative through competitively selected awards.
(g) Cost sharing
In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall require cost sharing in accordance with section 16352 of this title.
(h) Intellectual property
The Secretary may require (in accordance with section 202(a)(ii) oftitle 35, section 2182 of this title, and section 5908 of this title) that for any new invention developed under subsection (e)—
(1) that the Industry Alliance participants who are active participants in research, development, and demonstration activities related to the advanced solid-state lighting technologies that are covered by this section shall be granted the first option to negotiate with the invention owner, at least in the field of solid-state lighting, nonexclusive licenses and royalties on terms that are reasonable under the circumstances;
(A) that, for 1 year after a United States patent is issued for the invention, the patent holder shall not negotiate any license or royalty with any entity that is not a participant in the Industry Alliance described in paragraph (1); and