Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

CUI Registry: Patent-Invention


Category-Subcategory: Patent-Invention
Category Description:

Patent is a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor "to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States" for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.

Subcategory Description: An invention is any art or process (way of doing or making things), machine, manufacture, design, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, or any variety of plant, which is or may be patentable under the patent laws of the United States, in which the federal government owns or may own a right, title, or interest.
Marking: INVENT



Notes for Safeguarding, Dissemination and Sanction Authorities:

  • Whether CUI is Basic or Specified is determined by the applicable Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority for that CUI.
  • Each "Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority" citation links to the statute, regulation or government-wide policy authorizing the control of that information as CUI.
  • Each "Sanctions" authority links to the statute, regulation or government-wide policy that includes penalties for CUI misuse of CUI for the associated "Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority" on the same line.


Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority Basic or
35 USC 205 Basic 35 USC 186
35 USC 187
48 CFR 27.302 Basic  
48 CFR 27.305-4 Basic  
37 CFR 401.13(c)(1) Basic  
37 CFR 401.13(c)(3)-(5) Basic  



Authority links are updated based on regular re-publication of the United States Code and Code of Federal Regulations, and the CUI Registry maintenance schedule.