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(3) the extent to which the invention is useful in the production or utilization of special nuclear material or atomic energy;
(4) the extent to which the Government has contributed to the field of technology of the invention;
(5) the purpose and nature of the invention, including the anticipated use thereof;
(6) the extent to which the contractor has made or will make substantial investment of financial resources or technology developed at the contractor's private expense which will directly benefit the commercialization of the inventor;
(7) the extent to which the field of technology of the invention has been developed at the contractor's expense;
(8) the extent to which Government intends to further develop the invention to the point of commercial utilization;
(9) the extent to which the invention is concerned with the public health, public safety, or public welfare;
(10) the likely effect of the waiver on competition and market concentration;
(11) in the case of a nonprofit educational institution, the extent to which such institution has a technology transfer capability and program approved by the head of the agency or designee as being consistent with the applicable policies of this section; and
(12) the small business status of the contractor.
(1) All waiver determinations shall be initiated by a written request. Such requests may be submitted by existing or potential contractors in the case of requests for an advance waiver and by contractors or employee-inventors in the case of requests for waiver for identified inventions. A request for an advance waiver may also be made for an identified invention which has already been conceived and which reasonably may be first actually reduced to practice in the course of or under an ERDA contract. Such waiver requests must include a copy of the patent or patent application covering the identified invention.
(2) A request for an advance waiver shall be submitted to the contracting officer or to contractors for their subcontractors at any time prior to execution of the contract or within thirty days thereafter, but should normally be submitted as part of the contract proposal. Advance waivers may also be requested where the purpose or scope of work of an existing contract is to be substantially altered. When advance waivers are granted, the rights set forth in paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) of the clause of $9-9.107-5(a) should be modified to conform to the waiver granted.
(3) A request for waiver (other than advance waivers) for an identified invention shall be submitted to the patent counsel (with notification by patent counsel to the contracting officer) at the time the invention is reported to ERDA, or not later than nine months after conception or first actual reduction to practice, whichever occurs first, or such longer period as may be authorized by the patent counsel (with notification by patent counsel to the contracting officer) for good cause shown in writing by the contractor or inventor.
(4) All requests for waiver received by ERDA or its contractors will be forwarded promptly to the patent counsel assisting the procuring activity, together with any reference or supporting documents provided by the requestor and any documents or comments provided by the staff of the activity. If the request for waiver appears to contain insufficient information, the patent counsel may seek additional information from the requestor to supplement the request and may also seek additional information from other sources. The patent counsel will thoroughly analyze the request in view of each of the objectives and considerations set forth in this $9-9.109-6 and shall also consider the overall rights obtained by the Government in the patent, coyright, and data clauses of the contract. Where it appears that a les ser part of the rights of the United States than requested would be more appropriate in view of the policies set forth in this $9-9.109-6, the patent counsel should attempt to negotiate a compromi se acceptable to both the requestor and ERDA.
(5) The patent counsel will prepare and recommend a statement of considerations setting forth the rationale for either accepting or rejecting the waiver request. While the statement need not make specific findings as to each and every consideration of paragraph (b) or (c) of ths section, it will cover those that raise significant issues and those that are decisive, and it will explain the basis for the recommmended determination. There may be occasions when the application of the various considerations in (b) or (c) of this section to a particular case could cause conflicting results, and in those instances the differences will be reconciled giving due regard to the overall policies set forth in this $9-9.109-6. Field patent counsel will coordinate actions on advance waivers with the Chief Counsel of the field procuring activity concerned as required by local procedures.
(6) The statement shall be forwarded to the Assistant General Counsel for Patents to serve as a recommended basis for the waiver determination. The Assistant General Counsel for Patents will also obtain comments from the appropriate ERDA program organization to assist the head of the agency or designee in the waiver determination. In situations where time does not permit a delay in contract negotiations for the preparation and mailing of a full written statement, field patent counsel may submit a recommendation on the waiver verbally to the Assistant General Counsel for Patents and request a verbal determination from the head of the agency or designee. Such action shall be promptly confirmed in writing.
(7) In making waiver determinations, the head of the agency or designee shall objectively review all requests for waiver in view of the objectives and considerations set forth in this $9-9.109-6. If this determination and the rationale therefor is not accurately reflected in the recommended statement of considerations, a new statement shall be prepared.
(8) Where the request for advance waiver has not been approved prior to the effective date of the contract and the terms and conditions of the waiver have thus not been made a part of the contract, the contracting officer shall promptly notify the requestor by letter of the determination of the head of the agency or designee, and the basis there for. If the advance waiver is approved, the letter shall state the scope, terms, and conditions of such waiver. Where the terms and conditions of an approved advance waiver have not been made a part of the contract, the letter shall inform the requestor that the advance waiver shall be effective (a) as of the effective date of the contract for an advance waiver of inventions identified, i.e., conceived prior to the effective date of the contract, or (b) as of the date the invention is reported with an election by the contractor to retain rights therein, i.e., for an invention conceived or first actually reduced to practice after the effective date of the contract; provided a copy of the letter is signed and returned to the contracting officer by the requestor acknowledging the acceptance of the scope, terms and conditions of the advance waiver. After the acceptance by the contractor of an advance waiver, the contracting officer shall cause a unilateral no-cost modification to be made to the contract incorporating the terms and conditions of the waiver in lieu of previous patent provisions. Whenever a requested determination has been denied, the requestor may, within thirty days, request reconsideration. Such a request shall include any additional facts and rationale not previously submitted which support the request. Requests for reconsideration shall be submitted and processed in accordance with the procedures set forth in paragraph (d) of this section.
(e) Content of waiver requests.
(1) All requests for waiver shall include the following information:
(i) the requestor's identification, business address, and, if represented by counsel, the counsel's name and address;
(ii) an identification of the pertinent contract or proposed contract and a copy of the contract statement of work or a non-proprietary statement which fully describes the proposed work to be performed;
(iii) the nature and extent of waiver requested;
(iv) a full and detailed statement of facts, to the extent known by or available to the requestor, directed to each of the considerations set forth in paragraph (b) or (c) of this section, as applicable, and a statement applying such facts and considerations to the policies set forth in paragraph (a) of this section. It is important that this submission be tailored to the unique aspects of each request for waiver, and be as complete as feasible; and
(v) the signature of the requestor or authorized representative with the following statement :
The facts set forth in this request for waiver
(2) Requests for waiver identified inventions shall, in addition to items (1)(i)(v) above, include:
(i) the full names of all inventors;
(ii) a statement of whether a patent application has been filed on the invention, together with a copy of such application if filed, or if not filed, a complete description of the inventor;
(iii) if a patent application has not been filed, any information which may indicate a potential statutory bar to the patenting of the invention under 35 USC 102 or a statement that no such bar is known to exist; and
(iv) where the requestor is the inventor, written authorization from the applicable contractor or subcontractor permitting the inventor to request a waiver.
(3) Subject to ERDA regulations, requirements, and restrictions on the treatment of proprietary and classified information, all material submitted in requests for waiver or in support thereof will be made available to the public after a determination on the waiver request has been made, regardless of whether a waiver is granted. Accordingly, requests for waiver should not contain information or data that the requestor is not willing to have made public. If proprietary or classified information is needed to make the waiver determination, such information shall not be submitted unless specifically requested by the patent counsel.
(f) Record of waiver determinations.
The Assistant General Counsel for Patents shall maintain and periodically update a publicly available record of waiver determinations.
(g) Waiver situations and types of waivers.
(1) The various factual situations which are appropriate for waivers cannot be categorized precisely inasmuch as the appropriateness of a waiver will depend upon the manner in which the considerations set forth in paragraph (b) or paragraph (c) of this section relate to the facts and circumstances surrounding the particular contracting situation or the particular invention in order to best achieve the objectives set forth in paragraph (a) of this section. However, some examples where waivers might be apropriate are in the following:
(i) cost sharing contracts;
(ii) situations in which ERDA is providing increased funding to a specific ongoing privately sponsored research, development, or demonstration project;
(iii) situations involving the private use of Government facilities and the contractor is funding all or a part of such costs;
(iv) situations in which the equities of the contractor are so substantial in relation of that of the Government that the waiver is necessary to obtain the participation of the contractor; and
(v) situations involving contracts with small business concerning their privately developed technology.
(2) As stated in paragraph (a) of this section, waivers may be granted as to all or any part of the rights of the United States to