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(4) Subject to the license specified in paragraph (c)(1), (2) and (3) of this clause, the contractor or inventor agrees to convey to the Government, upon request, the entire right, title, and interest in any foreign country in which the contractor or inventor fails to have a patent application filed in accordance with paragraph (d)(3) of this clause, or decides not to continue prosecution or to pay any maintenances fees covering the invention. To avoid forfeiture of the patent application or patent, the contractor or inventor shall, not less than 60 days before the expiration period for any action required by any patent office, notify the Patent Counsel of such failure or decision, and deliver to the Patent Counsel, the executed instruments necessary for the conveyance specified in this paragraph.
(e) Invention identification, disclosures, and reports.
(1) The contractor shall establish and maintain active and effective procedures to ensure that subject inventions are promptly identified and timely disclosed. These procedures shall include the maintenance of laboratory notebooks or equivalent records and other records that are reasonably necessary to document the conception and/or the first actual reduction to practice of subject inventions, and records which show that the procedures for identifying and disclosing the inventions are followed. Upon request, the contractor shall furnish the Contracting Officer a description of these procedures so that he may evaluate and determine their effectiveness.
(2) The contractor shall furnish the Patent Counsel (with notification by Patent Counsel to the Contracting Officer) on a DOE-approved form:
(i). A written report containing full and complete technical information concerning each subject invention with 6 months after conception or first actual reduction to practice, whichever occurs first in the course of or under this contract, but in any event, prior to any sale, public use, or public disclosure of such invention known to the contractor. The report shall identify the contract and inventor and shall be sufficiently complete in technical detail and appropriately illustrated by sketch or diagram to convey to one skilled in the art of which the inventions pertains, a clear understanding of the nature, purpose, operation, and to the extent known, the physical, chemical, biological, or electrical characteristics of the invention. The report should also include any request for foreign patent rights under paragraph (c)(4) of this clause and and any request to file a domestic patent application under (d)(1) of this clause. However, such request shall be made within the period set forth in paragraph (b)(2) of this clause. When an invention is reported under this paragraph (e)(2)(i), it shall be presumed to have been conceived or first actually reduced to practice in the course of or under the contract, unless the contractor contends it was not so made, in accordance with paragraph (g)(2)(ii) or this clause.
(ii) Upon request, but not more than annually, interim reports on a DOE-approved form listing subject inventions and subcontracts award(s) containing a Patent Rights clause for that period and certifying that:
(A) The contractor's procedures for identifying and disclosing subject inventions as required by this paragraph (e) have been followed throughout the reporting period;
(B) All subject inventions have been disclosed or that there are no such inventions; and
(C) All subcontracts containing a Patent Rights clause have been reported or that no such subcontracts have been awarded;
(iii) A final report on a DOE-approved form within three months after completion of the contract work listing all subject inventions and all subcontracts awarded containing a Patent Rights clause and certifying that:
(A) All subject inventions have been disclosed or that there were no such inventions; and
(B) All subcontracts containing a Patent Rights clause have been reported or that no such subcontracts have been awarded.
(3) The contractor shall obtain patent agreements to effectuate the provisions of this clause from all persons in its employ who perform any part of the work under this contract except nontechnical personnel, such as clerical employees and manual laborers.
(4) The contractor agrees that the Government may duplicate and disclose subject invention disclosures and all other reports and papers furnished or required to be furnished pursuant to this clause. If the contractor is to file a foreign patent application on a subject invention, the Government agrees, upon written request, to use its best efforts to withhold publication of such invention disclosures until the expiration of the time period specified in paragraph (d)(1) of this clause, but in no event shall the Government or its employees be liable for any publication thereof.
It is recognized that during the course of the work under this contract, the contractor or its employees may from time to time desire to release or publish information regarding scientific or technical developments conceived or first actually reduced to practice in the course of or under this contract. In order that public disclosure of such information will not adversely affect the patent interests of DOE or the contractor, patent approval for release or publication shall be secured from Patent Counsel prior to any such release or publication.
(g) Forfeiture of rights in unreported subject inventions.
(1) The contractor shall forfeit to the Government, at the request of the Head of the Agency or designee, all rights in any subject invention which the contractor fails to report to Patent Counsel (with notification by Patent Counsel to the Contracting Officer) within 6 months after the time the contractor:
(i) Files or causes to be filed a United States or foreign patent application thereon; or
(ii) Submits the final report required by paragraph (e)(2)(iii) of this clause, whichever is later.
(2) However, the contractor shall not forfeit rights in a subject invention if, within the time specified, in (1)(i) or (1)(ii) of this paragraph (g), the contractor:
(i) prepares a written decision based upon a review of the record that the invention was neither conceived nor first actually reduced to practice in the course of or under the contract and delivers the same to patent Counsel (with notification by Patent Counsel to the Contracting Officer); or
(ii) contending that the invention is not a subject invention, the contractor nevertheless discloses the invention and all facts pertinent to this contention to the Patent Counsel (with notification by Patent Counsel to the Contracting Officer); or
(iii) establishes that the failure to disclose did not result from the contractor's fault or negligence.
(3) Pending written assignment of the patent application and patents on a subject invention determined by the Head of the Agency or designee to be forfeited (such determination to be a final decision under the Disputes clause of this contract), the contractor shall be deemed to hold the invention and the patent applications and patents pertaining thereto in trust for the Government. The forfeiture provision of this paragraph (g) shall be in addition to and shall not supersede other rights and remedies which the Government may have with respect to subject inventions.
(h) Examination of records relating to inventions.
(1) The Contracting Officer or his authorized representative, until the expiration of 3 years after final payment under this contract, shall have the right to examine any books (including laboratory notebooks), records, documents, and other supporting data of the contractor which the contracting Officer or his authorized representative reasonably deem pertinent to the discovery or identification of subject inventions or to determine compliance with the requirements of this clause.
(2) The Contracting Officer or authorized representative shall have the right to examine all books (including laboratory notebooks), records, documents of the contractor relating to the conception or first actual reduction to practice of inventions in the same field of technology as the work under this contract to determine whether any such inventions are subject inventions, if the contractor refuses or fails to:
(i) Establish the procedures of paragraph (e)(1) of this clause; or (ii) maintain and follow such procedures; or
(iii) correct or eliminate any material deficiency in the procedures within thirty days after the Contracting Officer notifies the contractor of such a deficiency.
(i) Withholding of payment (not applicable to subcontracts).
(1) Any time before final payment of the amount of this contract, the Contracting Officer may, if he deems such action warranted, withhold payment until a reserve not exceeding $50,000 or 5 percent of the amount of this contract, whichever is less, shall have been set aside if in his opinion the contractor fails to:
(i) establish, maintain and follow effective procedures for identifying and disclosing subject inventions pursuant to paragraph (e)(1) of this clause; or
(ii) disclose any subject invention pursuant to paragraph (e) (2) (i) of this clause; or
(iii) deliver the interim reports pursuant to paragraph (e)(2)(ii) of this clause; or
(iv) provide the information regarding subcontracts pursuant to paragraph (j)(5) of this clause; or
(v) convey to the Government, using a DOE-approved form, the title and/or rights of the Government in each subject inventions as required by this clause.
(2) The reserve or balance shall be withheld until the Contracting Officer has determined that the contractor has rectified whatever deficiencies exist and has delivered all reports, disclosures, and other information required by this clause.
(3) Final payment under this contract shall not be made by the Contracting Officer before the contractor delivers to Patent Counsel all disclosures of subject inventions and other information required by (e)(2)(i) of this clause, the final report required by (e)(2)(iii) of this clause, and Patent Counsel has issued a patent clearance certification to the Contracting Officer.
(4) The Contracting Officer may, in his discretion, decrease or increase the sums withheld up to the maximum authorized above. If the contractor is a non-profit organization, the maximum amount that may be withheld under this paragraph shall not exceed $50,000 or 1 percent of the amount of this contract, whichever is less. No amount shall be withheld under this paragraph while the amount specified by this paragraph is being withheld under other provisions of the contract. The withholding of any amount or subsequent payment thereof shall not be construed as a waiver of any rights accruing to the Government under this contract.
(1) For the purpose of this paragraph the term "contractor" means the party awarding a subcontract and the term "subcontractor" means the party being awarded a subcontract, regardless of tier.
(2) The contractor will include the clause at 10 C.F.R. 600-118(b) (1) "Patent Rights Small Business Firms or Nonprofit Organizations" suitably modified to identify the parties in all subcontracts regardless of tier, for experimental, developmental, demonstration, or research work to be performed by a small business firm or domestic nonprofit organization. In all other subcontracts, regardless of tier, for experimental, developmental, demonstration, or research work, unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Contracting Officer, the contractor will include the Patent Rights clause of 41 C.F.R. 9-9.107-5(a) or 41 C.F.R. 9-9.107-6, as appropriate, modified to identify the parties.
(3) Except as may be otherwise provided in this clause, the contractor shall not, in any subcontract by using a subcontract as consideration therefor, acquire any rights in its subcontractor's subject invention for the contractor's own use (as distinguished from such rights as may be required solely to fulfill the contractor's contract obligations to the Government in the performance of this contract).
(4) All invention disclosures, reports, instruments, and other information required to be furnished by the subcontractor to DOE, under the provisions of a Patent Rights clause in any subcontract hereunder may, in the discretion of the Contracting Officer, be furnished to the contractor for transmission to DOE.
(5) The contractor shall promptly notify the Contracting Officer in writing upon the award of any subcontract containing a Patent Rights clause by identifying the subcontractor, the work to be performed under the subcontract, and the dates of award and estimated completion. Upon the request of the Contracting Officer, the contractor shall furnish a copy of the subcontract.
(6) The contractor shall identify all subject inventions of the subcontractor of which it acquires knowledge in the performance of this contract and shall notify the Patent Counsel (with notification by Patent Counsel to the Contracting Officer) promptly upon the identification of the inventions.
(7) It is understood that the Government is a third party beneficiary of any subcontract clause granting rights to the Government in subject inventions, and the contractor hereby assigns to the Government all rights that the contractor would have to enforce the subcontractor's obligations for the benefit of the Government with respect to subject inventions. The contractor shall not be obligated to enforce the agreements of any subcontractor hereunder relating to the obligations of the subcontractor to the Government regarding subject inventions.
(k) Background Patents.
(1) "Background Patent" means a domestic patent covering an invention or discovery which is not a subject invention and which is owned or controlled by the contractor at any time through the completion of this contract: