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(1) The contractor will include this clause, suitably modified to identify the parties, in all subcontracts, regardless of tier, for experimental, developmental or research work to be performed by a small business firm or a domestic nonprofit organization. The subcontractor will retain all rights provided for the contractor in this clause, and the contractor will not, as part of the consideration for awarding the subcontract, obtain rights in the subcontractor's subject inventions.
(2) The contractor will include in all other subcontracts, regardless of tier, for experimental, development, demonstration, or research work the patent rights clause of 41 CFR 9-9.107-5(a) or 9-9.107-6 as appropriate, modified to identify the parties.
(3) In the case of a subcontract at any tier, DOE, the subcontractor, and the contractor agree that the mutual obligations of the parties created by this clause constitute a contract between the subcontractor and DOE with respect to those matters covered by this clause.
(h) Reporting on utilization of subject inventions. The contractor agrees to submit on request periodic reports no more frequently than annually on the utilization of a subject invention or on efforts at obtaining such utilization that are being made by the contractor or its licensees or assignees. Such reports shall include information regarding the status of development, date of first commercial sale or use, gross royalties received by the contractor, and such other data and information as DOE may reasonably specify. The contractor also agrees to provide additional reports as may be requested by DOE in connection with any march-in proceeding undertaken by DOE in accordance with paragraph (j) of this clause. To the extent data or information supplied under this section is considered by the contractor, its licensee or assignee to be priviledged and confidential and is so marked, DOE agrees that, to the extent permitted by 35 U.S.C. 202(c)(5), it will not disclose such information to persons outside the Government.
(i) Preference for United States industry. Notwithstanding any other provision of this clause, the contractor agrees that neither it nor any assignee will grant to any person the exclusive right to use or sell any subject inventions in the United States unless such person agrees that any products embodying the subject invention or produced through the use of the subject invention will be manufactured substantially in the United States. However, in individual cases, the requirement for such an agreement may be waived by DOE upon a showing by the contractor or its assignee that reasonable but unsuccessful efforts have been made to grant licenses on similar terms to potential licensees that would be likely to manufacture substantially in the United States or that under the circumstances domestic manufacture is not commercially feasible.
(j) March-in-rights. The contractor agrees that with respect to any subject invention in which it has acquired title, DOE has the right in accordance with the procedures in OMB Circular A-124 to require the contractor, as assignee or exclusive licensee of a subject invention to grant a nonexclusive, partially exclusive, or exclusive license in any field of use to a responsible applicant or applicants, upon terms that are reasonable under the circumstances, and if the contractor, assignee, or exclusive licensee refuses such a request, DOE has the right to grant such a license itself if DOE determines that:
(1) Such action is necessary because the contractor or assignee has not taken, or is not expected to take within a reasonable time, effective steps to achieve practical application of the subject invention in such field of use;
(2) Such action is necessary to alleviate health or safety needs which are not reasonably satisfied by the contractor, assignee, or their licensees;
(3) Such action is necessary to meet requirements for public use specified by federal regulations and such requirements are not reasonably satisfied by the contractor, assignee, or licensees; or
(4) Such action is necessary because the agreement required by (i) of this clause has not been obtained or waived or because a licensee of the exclusive right to use or sell any subject invention in the United States is in breach of such agreement.
(k) Special provisions for contracts with nonprofit organizations.
If the contractor is a non profit organization if agrees that:
(1) Rights to a subject invention in the United States may not be assigned without the approval of DOE, except where such assignment is made to an organization which has as one of its primary functions the management of inventions and which is not, itself, engaged in or does not hold a substantial interest in other organizations engaged in the manufacture or sale or products or the use of processes that might utilize the invention or be in competition with embodiments of the invention (provided that such assignee will be subject to the same provisions as the contractors);
(2) The contractor may not grant exclusive licenses under United States patents or patent applications in subject inventions to persons other than small business firms for a period in excess of the earlier of:
(i) Five years from first commercial sale or use of the invention; or
(ii) Eight years from the date of the exclusive license excepting that time before regulatory agencies necessary to obtain premarket clearance, unless on a case-by-case basis, DOE approves a longer exclusive license. If exclusive field of use licenses are granted, commercial sale or use in one field of use will not be deemed commercial sales or use as to with respect to a product of the invention will be deemed to end the exclusive period to different subsequent products covered by the invention;
(3) The contractor will share royalties collected on a subject invention with the inventor; and
(4) The balance of any royalties or income earned by the contractor with respect to subject inventions, after payment of expenses (including payments to inventors) incidental to the administration of subject inventions, will be utilized for the support of scientific research or education.
(1) Communications. The DOE central point of contact for communications or matters relating to this clause is the Patent Counsel.
If funds under this agreement are used for acquisition or construction purposes in an identified flood plain area in the United States having special flood hazards, the Participant agrees to purchase flood insurance and comply with the provisions prescribed by the Federal Insurance Administration in 24 CFR Chapter X, Subchapter B.
UTILIZATION OF LABOR SURPLUS AREA CONCERNS 52.220-3
(a) Applicability. This clause is applicable if this contract exceeds the appropriate small purchase limitation in Part 13 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
(b) Policy It is the policy of the Government to award contracts to concerns that agree to perform substantially in labor surplus area (LSA's) when this can be done consistent with the efficient performance of the contract and at prices no higher than are obtainable elsewhere. The Contractor agrees to use its best efforts to place subcontracts in accordance with this policy.
(c) Order of preference. In complying with paragraph (b) above and with paragraph (c) of the clause of this contract entitled Utilization of Small Business Concerns, the Contractor shall observe the following order of preference in awarding subcontracts: (1) small business concerns that are LSA concerns, (2) other small business concerns, and (3) other LSA concerns.
(d) Definitions. "Labor surplus area," as used in this clause, means a geographical area identified by the Department of Labor in accordance with 20 CFR 654, Subpart A, as an area of concentrated unemployment or underemployment or an area of labor surplus.
"Labor surplus area concern," as used in this clause, means a concern that together with its first-tier subcontractors will perform substantially in labor surplus areas. Performance is substantially in labor surplus areas if the costs incurred under the contract on account of manufacturing, production, or performance of appropriate services in labor surplus areas exceed 50 percent of the contract price.
LABOR SURPLUS AREA SUBCONTRACTING PROGRAM 52.220-4
(a) See the Utilization of Labor Surplus Area Concerns clause of this contract for applicable definitions.
(b) The Contractor agrees to establish and conduct a program to encourage labor surplus area (LSA) concerns to compete for subcontracts within their capabilities when the subcontracts are consistent with the efficient performance of the contract at prices no higher than obtainable elsewhere. The Contractor shall
(1) Designate a liaison officer who will (i) maintain liaison with authorized representatives of the Government on LSA matters, (ii) supervise compliance with the Utilization of Labor Surplus Area Concerns clause, and (iii) administer the Contractor's labor surplus area subcontracting program;
(2) Provide adequate and timely consideration of the potentialities of LSA concerns in all make-or-buy decisions;
(3) Ensure that LSA concerns have an equitable opportunity to compete for subcontracts, particularly by arranging solicitations, time for the preparation of offers, quantities, specifications, and delivery schedules so as to facilitate the participation of LSA concerns;
(4) Include the Utilization of Labor Surplus Area Concerns clause in subcontracts that offer substantial LSA subcontracting opportunities; and
(5) Maintain records showing (i) the procedures adopted and (ii) the Contractor's performance, to comply with this clause. The records will be kept available for review by the Government until the expiration of 1 year after the award of this contract, or for such longer period as may be required by any other clause of this contract or by applicable law or regulations.
(c) The Contractor further agrees to insert in any related subcontract that may exceed $500,000 and that contains the Utilization of Labor Surplus Area Concerns clause, terms that conform substantially to the language of this clause, including this paragraph (c), and to notify the Contracting Officer of the names of subcontractors.
25. DISPUTES 10 CFR 600.26
(a) Final determination. Whenever practicable, DOE shall attempt to resolve informally any dispute over the award or administration of financial assistance. At the initiative of DOE or upon the written request of an applicant for a continuation award or of a recipient, DOE shall mail (by certified mail) a, brief written determination signed by a Contracting Officer, setting forth DOES final disposition of any dispute which is not resolved informally. Such determination shall contain the following information:
(1) A summary of the dispute, including a statement of the issues and of the positions taken by the Department and the party or parties to the dispute; and
(2) The factual, legal and the policy reasons for DOE's disposition of the dispute.
(b) Right of appeal. Except as provided in paragraph (d)(1) of this section, the final determination under paragraph (a) of this section may be appealed to the Financial Assistance Appeals Board (the Board) in accordance with the procedures set forth in 10 CFR Part 1024. If the final determination under paragraph (a) of this section involves a dispute over which the Board has jurisdiction as provided in paragraph (d)(2) of this section, the Contracting Officer's determination shall state that, with respect to such dispute, the determination shall be the final decision of the Department unless, within 60 days, a written notice of appeal is filed. If the final determination under paragraph (a) of this section involves a dispute over which the Board has no jurisdiction as provided in paragraph (d)(1) of this section, the Contracting Officer's determination shall state that, effective immediately or on a later date specified therein, the determination shall, with respect to such dispute, be the final decision of the Department.
(c) Effect of appeal. The filling of an appeal with the Board shall not stay any determination or action taken by DOE which is the subject of the appeal. Consistent with its obligation to protect the interests of the Federal Government, DOE may take such authorized actions as may be necessary to preserve the status quo pending decision by the Board, or to preserve its ability to provide relief in the event the Board decides in favor of the appellant.
(d) Review an appeal. (1) The Board shall have no jurisdiction to review:
(i) Any preaward dispute (except as provided in paragraph (d)(2)(ii) of this section), including use of any special restrictive condition pursuant to $600.105;
(ii) DOE denial of a request for a deviation under $600.4 of this part;
(iii) DOE denial of a request for a budget revision or other change in the approved project under $600.103, 600.114 or 600.271 of this part or under another term or condition of the award;
(iv) Any DOE action authorized under $600.121(b)(1), (2), (3) or (5) or 600.271 of this part with respect to recipient noncompliance, or such actions authorized by program rule;
(v) Any DOE decision about an action requiring prior DOE approval, under $600.112(g), 600119, or 600.271 of this part or under another term or condition of the award;
(vi) A DOE decision not to make a continuation award, which decision is based on the insufficiency of available appropriations;
(vii) Any matter which is under the jurisdiction of the Patent Compensation Board (10 CFR 780.3);