A patent is a 20-year exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention.
An invention can be art, machinery, a manufactured item, design, or any new
improvement which is patentable under the laws of the United States of America.
Employees who develop inventions that contribute to the efficiency and/or economy of, or otherwise improve Government operations, may receive cash awards. They are also eligible to receive royalties not to exceed $150,000 per year unless the President approves a larger award.
Employee Award Certification
If your application has successfully been sent to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and/or your invention has been approved for patenting by the USPTO, please have your supervisor fill out FWS Form 3-2207 (Award Certification). For more information on how to fill out this form, read 402 FW 1 or please contact Phyllis Cook at (703) 358-2503 or email Phyllis_Cook@fws.gov
The Division of Policy and Directives Management:
Develops, administers, and monitors the patents and
PDM Contact: Phyllis Cook, (703) 358-2503, Phyllis_Cook@fws.gov
Last updated: December 31, 2007