S.B. No. 1132
  relating to the protection and use of certain products,
  information, and technology of the Parks and Wildlife Department.
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 11, Parks and Wildlife Code, is amended
  by adding Subchapter M to read as follows:
  (a)  The department may:
               (1)  apply for, register, secure, hold, and protect
  under the laws of the United States, any state, or any nation:
                     (A)  a patent for an invention or discovery of, or
  improvement to, any process, machine, manufacture, or composition
  of matter;
                     (B)  a copyright for an original work of
  authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression now known or
  later developed that can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise
                     (C)  a trademark, service mark, collective mark,
  or certification mark for a word, name, symbol, device, or slogan,
  or any combination of those items, that has been adopted and used by
  the department to identify goods or services and distinguish those
  goods or services from other goods or services; or
                     (D)  other evidence of protection or exclusivity
  issued in or for intellectual property;
               (2)  enter into a contract with an individual or
  company for the sale, lease, marketing, or other distribution of
  intellectual property of the department;
               (3)  obtain under a contract entered into under
  Subdivision (2) a royalty, license right, or other appropriate
  means of securing appropriate compensation for the development or
  purchase of intellectual property of the department; and
               (4)  waive or reduce the amount of a fee, royalty, or
  other thing of monetary or nonmonetary value to be assessed by the
  department if the department determines that the waiver will:
                     (A)  further the goals and missions of the
  department; and
                     (B)  result in a net benefit to the state.
         (b)  Intellectual property for which the department has
  applied for or received a patent, copyright, trademark, or other
  evidence of protection or exclusivity is excepted from required
  disclosure under Chapter 552, Government Code.
         (c)  Money paid to the department under this section shall be
  deposited to the credit of the game, fish, and water safety account
  or the state parks account, as appropriate.
         (d)  It is not a violation of Chapter 572, Government Code,
  or another law of this state for an employee of the department who
  conceives, creates, discovers, invents, or develops intellectual
  property to own or to be awarded any amount of equity interest or
  participation in the research, development, licensing, or
  exploitation of that intellectual property with the approval of the
         (e)  The commission shall institute intellectual property
  policies for the department that establish minimum standards for:
               (1)  the public disclosure or availability of products,
  technology, and scientific information, including inventions,
  discoveries, trade secrets, and computer software;
               (2)  review by the department of products, technology,
  and scientific information, including consideration of ownership
  and appropriate legal protection;
               (3)  the licensing of products, technology, and
  scientific information;
               (4)  the identification of ownership and licensing
  responsibilities for each class of intellectual property; and
               (5)  royalty participation by inventors and the
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1132 passed the Senate on
  April 9, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1132 passed the House on
  May 27, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House