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DoJ creates incentive for more co-op R&D.

Computer Aided Manufacturing-International Inc (CAM-I), Arlington, TX, recently announced that the US Dept of Justice (DoJ) has agreed not to challenge changes in CAM-I's by-laws, and that these changes are now in effect. CAM-I is a not-for-profit research and development organization focusing on computer-aided design and manufacturing.

The DoJ position was stated in a business-review letter requested by CAM-I and signed by Charles F Rule, acting assistant attorney general in charge of the antitrust division.

The changes will broaden the permissible subject matter for joint research. They will also alter the terms under which any nonsponsoring company could obtain access to the results of research projects conducted through CAM-I.

Previously, the results of CAM-I research projects were available to the public shortly after the project's completion. Cost was limited to the expense of reproduction and distribution. Further, royalty-free licenses were available under any patents or copyrights resulting from CAM-I projects.

The new by-laws will allow the sponsors to retain projects results for a period of up to three years for testing and evaluation before the results are released to nonsponsors. After this period, CAM-I may charge a fee for the project results representing "a portion of the project cost."

If project results receive patent or copyright protection, sponsors receive royalty-free licenses. Royalty-bearing licenses would be available to any nonsponsoring company.

"In the past," says William A Carter, CAM-I president, "companies knew that results would be available immediately after project completion. This three-year delay in releasing the results and chargin of royalty fees will give companies far greater confidence and incentive to participate in co-op R&D."

The new by-laws authorize research into computer hardware as well as software. They also permit prototype development where it is necessary to test the viability of the system or software that is the subject of a particular project.

"These changes will give our members greater leveraging, and will increase the incentive to participate without destroying the close cooperation that already exists within CAM-I," Carter concludes.
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Title Annotation:Department of Justice; research and development
Publication:Tooling & Production
Date:Sep 1, 1985
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