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(2) Abide by the conditions contained in the Specification, as prescribed in paragraph (d) of this Section; (3) Pay the fees and charges established by the Secretary; and (4) Desist from using the Department of Commerce label and Mark if his participation is terminated under § 16.8. (b) The Secretary shall act expeditiously on all requests to participate in the program and shall notify each prospective participant of her decision in writing. In those instances where the Secretary declines a request, she shall state the reasons for so declining. (c) If a prospective participant Seeking to participate in the program is notified by the Secretary that she proposes to deny that prospective participant the right to participate, that prospective participant shall have thirty (30) days from the receipt of Such notification to request a hearing under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 556. The Secretary’s proposed denial shall become final through the issuance of a written decision to such prospective participant in the event that he does not appeal such notification by the end of the thirty (30) day period. If however, such proSpective participant requests a hearing within that thirty (30) day period, the Secretary’s proposed denial shall be stayed pending the Outcome of the hearing held pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 556. (d) The Conditions Set Out in each Specification will include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) Prior to the use of a Label, the participant will make or have made the measurements to obtain the information required for inclusion on the Label and, if requested, will forward within 30 days such measurement data to the Secretary. Such measurement data will be kept on file by the participant or his agent for two years after that product is no longer manufactured unless otherwise provided in the Specification. (2) The participant will describe the test results on the Label as prescribed in the Specification. (3) The participant will display or arrange to display, in accordance with the appropriate Specification, the Label on or with each individual product of the type covered except for units

exported from the U.S. Participants who utilized more than one brand name may participate by labeling some or all of the brand names. All models with the same brand name must be included in the program unless they are for export Only. (4) The participant agrees at his expense to comply with any reasonable request Of the Secretary to have conSumer products manufactured, assembled, imported, or privately brand labeled by him tested to determine that testing has been done according to the relevant Specification. (5) Participants may reproduce the Department of Commerce Label and Mark in advertising: Provided, That the entire Label, Complete with all information required to be displayed at the point of retail Sale, is shown legibly and is not combined or associated directly with any other mark or logo.

§ 16.8 Termination of participation.

(a) The Secretary upon finding that a participant is not Complying with the Conditions set out in these procedures Or in a Specification may terminate upon 30 days notice the participant’s right to continue his participation in the program: Provided, That the participant shall first by given an opportunity to show cause why the participation should not be terminated.

(b) Upon receipt of a notice from the Secretary of the proposed termination, which notice shall set forth the reasons for Such proposed termination, the participant shall have thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of such notification to request a hearing under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 556. The Secretary’s proposed termination shall become final through the issuance of a written decision to the participant in the event such participant does not appeal the proposed termination within the thirty (30) day period. If, however, the participant requests a hearing within the thirty (30) day period, the Secretary’s proposed termination shall be stayed pending the outcome of the hearing held pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 556.

(c) A participant may at any time terminate his participation and responSibilities under this program with regard to a specific type of product by giving written notice to the Secretary that he has discontinued use of the Department of Commerce Label and Mark for all consumer products of the type involved.

§ 16.9 Rules designated

agents.

(a) The following rules, requirements and tasks shall be applicable with respect to the seeking of designated agent status and the performance of that role after Such status has been Obtained. Each person desiring to be designated as a designated agent under this program Shall: (1) Make written application to the Secretary; (2) Provide appropriate information showing his qualifications to represent members within a given product area. and that more than One prospective participant in that product area is agreeable to Such representation; and (3) Agree to Service any participant in this program in the agent’s cognizant product area, whether or not Such participant is a member of the Organization or body which that agent represent.S. (b) The Secretary may require a perSon Seeking designated agent status to Supply further information before granting Such status to that person. The Secretary will notify each person seeking designated agent status, in writing, as expeditiously as possible after evaluating Such person’s application. (C) Each person granted designated agent status shall: (1) Provide the Secretary with a list of the participants that the designated agent services under the program. The Secretary shall also be provided an updated list as soon thereafter as may be practicable whenever there are any changes in the list; (2) Collect fees and charges from the participants Serviced under this program, Consolidate such sums, and transmit those fees and charges required under § 16.6 to the Secreatry; (3) Distribute Department of Commerce Marks developed under § 16.10 or instructions for the printing of such Marks to the participants that the designated agent Services under this program;

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(4) Gather and consolidate such statistical information as may be required by the Secretary from individual participants Serviced; (5) Provide the Secretary with reports, including the consolidate statistical information referred to in paragraph (c)(4) of this section, as may be Called for by her, relative to the activities of the participants the designated agent is Servicing; and (6) Perform any additional tasks mutually agreed upon by the designated agent and the Secretary. (d) If a person seeking designated agent Status is notified by the Secretary that she proposes to deny that person Such status, that person shall have thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of Such notification to request a hearing under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 556. The Secretary’s proposed denial shall become final through the issuance of a written decision to such person in the event that he does not appeal Such notification by the end of that thirty (30) day period. If, however, Such perSOn requests a hearing within that thirty (30) day period, the Secretary proposed denial shall be stayed pending the Outcome of the hearing held pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 556. (e) If the Secretary finds that a des— ignated agent has violated the terms of paragraph (C) of this section, she may, after Consultations with Such des— ignated agent, notify Such person that she proposes to revoke his status as a designated agent. (f) Upon receipt of a notice from the Secretary of the proposed revocation, which notice shall set forth the rea,SOnS for such proposed revocation, the designated agent shall have thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of Such notification to request a hearing under the provisions of U.S.C. 556. The Secretary’s proposed revocation shall become final through the issuance of a written decision to the designated agent in the event such designated agent does not appeal the proposed revocation within that thirty (30) day period. If, however, the designated agent requires a hearing within that thirty (30) day period, the Secretary’s proposed revocation shall be stayed pending the outcome of the hearing held pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 556.

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Subport B–Licensing of Rights in Foreign Potents and Potent Applications—[Reserved]

Subpdrf C–Apped. Procedures for Licensing Department of Commerce Potents

SOURCE: 49 FR 7986, Mar. 5, 1984, unless otherwise noted.

§ 17.21 Purpose.

This subpart describes the terms, conditions and procedures under which a party may appeal from a decision of the Director of the National Technical Information Service concerning the grant, denial, interpretation, modification or termination of a license of any patent in the Custody of the Department. Of Commerce.

§ 17.22 Definitions.

(a) 41 CFR Part 101–4 shall mean the General Services Administration Final Rule Concerning “Patents: Licensing Of Federally Owned Inventions” which was Originally published in the FEDERAL REGISTER, volume 47, number 152, Friday, August 6, 1982 at pages 34148 through 34.151.

(b) Director shall mean the Director of the National Technical Information Service, and Operating agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

(C) Under Secretary means the Under Secretary for Technology who is an officer appointed by the President and Confirmed by the Senate and is an Official to whom the Director reports within the Department of Commerce.

[49 FR 7986, Mar. 5, 1984, as amended at 55 FR 38983, Sept. 24, 1990]

§ 17.23 Authority to grant licenses.

The Director has been duly delegated authority to make any decision or determination concerning the granting, denial, interpretation, modification or termination of any license of any patent in the Custody and control of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The deCision and determination of the Director is final and conclusive on behalf of this Department unless the procedures for appeal set forth below are initiated.

§ 17.24 Persons who may appeal.

The following person(s) may appeal to the Under Secretary any decision or determination concerning the grant, denial, interpretation, modification or termination of a license: (a) A person whose application for a license has been denied; (b) A licensee whose license has been modified or terminated in whole or in part; Or (c) A person who has timely filed a written objection in response to the notice published in the FEDERAL REGISTER as required by 41 CFR 101–4.104– 3(a)(1)(c)(i) Or 101–4.104–3(b)(1)(i) and who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Under Secretary that such perSOn may be damaged by the Director’s determination.

[49 FR 7986, Mar. 5, 1984, as amended at 55 FR 38983, Sept. 24, 1990]

§ 17.25 Procedures.

(a) Any appellant party(ies) who was denied a license by the Director under § 17.24(a) shall not be entitled to an adversary hearing. Such party(ies) shall file appropriate documents no later than 30 days from the receipt of the Director’s decision unless the Under Secretary grants for good cause an extenSion of time. The notice, in concise and brief terms, should state the grounds for appeal and include Copies of all pertinent documents. Accompanying the notice should be concise arguments as to why the Director’s decision should be rejected or modified.

(b) The Under Secretary shall render a written Opinion within 30 days of receiving all required documentation in a non-adversary appeal.

(c) Judicial review is available as the law permits.

[49 FR 7986, Mar. 5, 1984, as amended at 55 FR 38983, Sept. 24, 1990]

§ 17.26 Adjudicatory.

(a) Any appellant party who seeks review of the Director’s decision based upon a modification or termination of a license by the Director under § 17.24(b), or who has filed a timely objection and can demonstrate damages as provided in § 17.24(c), shall be entitled to an adversary hearing in accord with the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act (5 U.S.C. 554–557). A party may waive an adversary hearing by filing a written waiver with the Under Secretary.

(b) When an adversary hearing is required under § 17.24 (b) or (c) the Under Secretary shall appoint as promptly as possible an Administrative Law Judge who shall hold hearings no later than 45 days from the date of the appointment. The hearings will be conducted in conformity with the objectives of the Administrative Procedure Act. The Administrative Law Judge shall Submit a written recommendation to the Under Secretary no later than 30 days subsequent to the hearing and/or the filing of any required written arguments Or documentation.

(c) The Under Secretary shall render a final written decision on behalf of the Department based upon the appeal file which shall include the hearing record, exhibits, written submissions of the party(ies), and the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge. The Under Secretary’s decision shall include the reasons which form the basis of the determination. The final deciSion may uphold, Overrule, or modify the Director’s decision or take any a Ction deemed appropriate.

(d) Judicial review is available as the law permit.S.

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Net worth exhibit.
Documentation of fees and expenses.
When an application may be filed.

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The Equal Access to Justice Act, 5 U.S.C. 504 (called “the Act,” in this part), provides for the award of attorney fees and other expenses to eligible individuals and entities who are parties to certain administrative proceedings (called “adversary adjudications”) before the Department of Commerce (the word Department includes its component agencies). An eligible party may receive an award when it prevails Over the Department, unless the Department's position in the proceeding was substantially justified or Special Circumstances make an award unjust. The rules in this part describe the parties that are eligible for awards and the Department’s proceedings that are covered by the Act. They also explain how to apply for awards, and the procedures and Standards that the Department will use to make them.

§ 18.2 Definitions.

As used in this part:

(a) Adversary adjudication means an adjudication under 5 U.S.C. 554 in which the position of the United States is represented by counsel or otherwise, but excludes an adjudication for the purpose of establishing or fixing a rate or for the purpose of granting or renewing a license.

(b) Adjudicative officer means the official, without regard to whether the of— ficial is designated as an administrative law judge, a hearing Officer or exanniner, Or Otherwise, who presided at the adversary adjudication.

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