Antishelving Clause Law and Legal Definition

In the context of Patent law, antishelving clause in a patent licensing contract allows a licensee to use a patented invention commercially within a designated period of time and to notify the patentee if the licensee decides to stop selling or manufacturing it. Generally, the licensee agrees to exploit the patent commercially or risk losing the license or exclusivity. Such clauses are used in trademark licenses also. Antishelving clauses are also termed as antishelving provision, shelving clause, or shelving provision.