Patent and copyright policies; requires Secretary of Administration to establish policies regarding. (SB1174)

Introduced By

Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Patent and copyright policies of the Commonwealth. Requires the Secretary of Administration to establish policies, subject to the approval of the Governor, regarding the use of patents and copyrights owned by the Commonwealth. Such policies shall include, at a minimum, the following:

1. A policy granting state agencies the authority over the use and release of patents and copyrights created by employees of the agency. Such policy shall authorize state agencies to release potentially copyrightable materials under the Creative Commons licensing system.

2. A provision encouraging the Commonwealth and state agencies to seek patent and copyright protection only in those instances where the patents or copyrights have potential commercial value.

3. Subject to approval by the Secretary of Administration, a process permitting state agencies to commercialize patents and copyrights with potential commercial value.

The bill also permits localities and local school boards to set policies regarding the use and ownership of patents and copyrights developed by employees. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 095820868
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/19/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1174)
01/28/2009Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2009Read second time and engrossed
02/03/2009Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Placed on Calendar
02/11/2009Read first time
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
02/16/2009Reported from Science and Technology with substitute (17-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2009Committee substitute printed 095866348-H1
02/18/2009Read second time
02/19/2009Read third time
02/19/2009Committee substitute agreed to 095866348-H1
02/19/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1174H1
02/19/2009Passed House with substitute (97-Y 2-N)
02/19/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (97-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1174H1)
02/23/2009House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Title replaced 095866348-H1
02/28/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1174ER)
02/28/2009Signed by President
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
03/03/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1174ER)
03/30/2009Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/07/2009Placed on Calendar
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 840 (effective 7/1/09)
04/08/2009Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009House concurred in Governor's recommendation (99-Y 0-N)
04/08/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/08/2009Reenrolled bill text (SB1174ER2)
04/08/2009Signed by President as reenrolled
04/08/2009Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 841 (effective 7/1/09)
04/08/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0841)
04/14/2009Reenrolled bill text (SB1174ER2)


Waldo J., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Releasing copyrighted state materials under the Creative Commons licensing system? Yes, yes, yes. A thousand times yes. I'm hugely impressed that Sen. Watkins would introduce this.