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the following statement: "Contractor agrees to accept the Patent Rights Clause which is ultimately determined, in accordance with departmental procedures, to be the appropriate one." The contracting officer shall consider the following in making his determination:
(1) In the situation in Category I(i) in § 9.107-3(a), a principal purpose of the contract or a series of related contracts must be research or development work on an end item (a product or process) either (i) intended for use in the civilian economy, or (ii) which the general public will be required by governmental regulation to use. End items of this nature would most likely be found in the field of Civil Defense.
(2) In the situation in Category I(ii) in § 9.107-3 (a), a principal purpose of the contract must be directly concerned with the public health or public welfare (e.g., drugs, medical instruments, water desalinization, and weather modification or control), and not solely items of only military application.
(3) Under Category I(3) in § 9.107-3 (a), the contract must be for an end product in a field of science or technology in which, at the time the contract is entered into, there has been little or no significant experience except for work funded by the Government or where the Government has been the principal developer. If the contracting officer determines that the proposed contract is in such a field of science or technology, he then shall determine whether the contractor would likely get a preferred or dominant commercial position in that field if he were permitted to acquire title to inventions made under the contract. It would be inequitable to other commercial manufacturers or sources to permit a contractor to acquire such a preferred or dominant commercial position based principally upon work funded by the Government. When said determination is based on § 9.107-3(a) (3), notice to that effect will be included in the solicitation. If the contractor to whom the award is to be made challenges the applicability of this provision, the contracting officer will review the basis for his determination and provide the contractor with the reason for his conclusion. If the contracting officer and the contractor cannot then resolve the issue, the contracting officer will promptly forward the problem to the head of the procuring activity for resolu
tion. If award of the contract cannot be delayed, the contracting officer may proceed with the procurement pending resolution of the issue, provided the contract contains the Patent Rights (Title) clause set forth in § 9.107-5(a), accompanied by the following statement: "Contractor agrees to accept the Patent Rights Clause which is ultimately determined, by the head of the procuring activity, to be the appropriate one."
(4) Under Category I(iv) (A) § 9.107-3(a), a contract for the operation of a Government-owned production facility must call for experimental, developmental, or research work at such a facility. In Category I(iv) (B) the words "coordinating and directing the work of others" do not refer to the normal prime contractor-subcontractor relationship, but refer instead to a relationship in which a potential organizational conflict-of-interest exists. See 1.113-2. Notwithstanding any determination in accordance with this paragraph, in exceptional circumstances the contractor may acquire greater rights than a nonexclusive license at the time of contracting if the Secretary certifies that such action will best serve the public interest.
(c) Category II: Where the contracting officer determines that proposed experimental, developmental, or research work does not fall within Category I but does fall within Category II set forth in § 9.107-3(b) or within the special situations set forth in subparagraph (2) of this paragraph, the Patent Rights (License) clause set forth in § 9.107-5(b) shall be included (except when greater rights are acquired by the Government pursuant to § 9.107-3(d)).
(1) In determining whether such work falls within Category II, the contracting officer shall first determine whether the work is in a field of technology directly related to an area in which the contractor has an "established nongovernmental commercial position." In making this determination, the contracting officer should recognize that the ultimate goal of the policy is to move inventions into the stream of commerce through domestic sales or exports or through domestic and foreign licensing programs. A nongovernmental commercial position can be based upon sales or licensing of military or nonmilitary items to foreign governments, multinational organizations,
or foreign nationals. In determining whether a contractor has an established nongovernmental commercial position, the contracting officer will consider and evaluate each known factor which relates to the contractor's ability and willingness to move inventions into the stream of commerce. Factors which typically should be considered as appropriate are: (1) Whether the contractor is known in the trade as a manufacturer or source of products or services in the area involved; and
(ii) Whether the contractor either (a) is regularly engaged in the sale or licensing, whether domestic or foreign, of such products or services to the general public (including business concerns), foreign governments, multinational organiza
tions or foreign nationals; or (b) has a record of developing nongovernmental commercial markets for inventions in the area involved.
(iii) Have a record of developing nongovernmental commercial markets for inventions in the area involved. A nongovernmental commercial position shall be deemed to include sales of military items to foreign governments or multinational organizations or licensing programs with respect thereto, as well as the export of nonmilitary items to foreign governments or foreign nationals or foreign licensing programs in connection therewith.
(2) The following are the special situations where the public interest in the availability of inventions would best be served by permitting the contractor to acquire greater rights than a nonexclusive license at the time the contract is entered into:
(1) An educational or nonprofit institution has a definite, established policy, approved and promulgated by its governing body, of retaining title to inventions made by its employees or of requiring its employees to assign title to such inventions to a patent holding entity for the benefit of the institution, and which patent policy has been approved by the Department of Defense;
(ii) A newly-formed research and development contractor or a new independent, research and development division or subsidiary of an older contractor has a definite program for establishing a nongovernmental commercial position which is dependent on the protection afforded by title in inventions which may be made in the course of or under the
contract (a contractor or division established more than five years shall not be considered "newly-formed");
Provided, however, That, in either case the procurement involved does not fall within Category I.
Where the con
(d) Category III. tracting officer determines that proposed experimental, developmental, or research work falls within Category III (set forth in § 9.107-3 (c)) because it is not covered by the instructions in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, the Patent Rights (Deferred) clause in § 9.107-5 (c) shall be included. However, in the case of prospective contractors organized for profit only considered under paragraph (c) of this section, the contracting officer shall affirmatively determine that the proposed contractor does not have a qualifying commercial position before the Deferred Clause is used, thereby settling as many questions as possible at the time of contracting. Many educational institutions or nonprofit organizations do not wish to acquire patents or do not have an approved patent policy; in such cases, the contract may include either the Patent Rights (Title) clause in § 9.1075(a) or the Patent Rights (Deferred) clause in § 9.107-5 (c), as appropriate. In the event an educational or nonprofit institution files an application for approval of its patent policy (see paragraph (c) (2) (i) of this section) the above procedure shall be followed pending such approval, and in such cases the contract may provide for substitution of the Patent Rights (License) clause in § 9.107-5 (b), in lieu of the patents rights clause used at the time of contracting, if such approval is obtained, except in procurements where the contemplated work under contract falls within the provisions of § 9.107-3 (a).
(e) Where a contractor has acquired the title to an invention under a contract, the contracting officer may, in accordance with § 9.107-5, request written reports from the contractor as to:
(1) The commercial use that is being made or is intended to be made of such invention; and
(2) The steps taken by the contractor to bring the invention to the point of practical application, or to make the invention available for licensing.
(f) In the special cases covered by the sections listed below, the contracting officer shall follow the instructions and
include the clauses required in such sections:
(1) Section 9.107-6, concerning foreign contracts;
(2) Section 9.107-7, concerning contracts relating to atomic energy;
(3) Section 9.107-8, concerning contracts placed for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration;
(4) Section 9.107-9, concerning contracts relating to space; and
(5) Section 9.108, concerning contracts for personal services.
(g) By definition, the term "contract" includes subcontracts; hence, the policy in §§ 9.107-2 and 9.107-3 applies where a purpose of a subcontract is experimental, developmental, or research work. So that the policy is carried out at all con
tract and subcontract levels, subcontracts generally shall include the same patent rights provision (Title or License) contained in the prime contract. However, there may be exceptions to this general rule, as for example where the prime contract comes within subparagraphs (3) or (4) in § 9.107-3 (a), but the subcontract is not subject to the same considerations. Another exception, though less likely, may occur where the prime contract is subject to the provisions of Category II, but the nongovernmental commercial position of the subcontractor is not sufficiently established and, consequently, the subcontract falls within the provisions of Category III.
(h) Preaward patent rights documentation checklist.
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PREAWARD PATENT RIGHTS DOCUMENTATION CHECKLIST
Purpose of Proposed Procurement:_
1. Is a principal purpose of the proposed contract, either by itself or as one of a series of directly related contracts, to create, develop or improve an end item intended for use in the civilian economy?1 (See ASPR 9-107.3 (a) (i) and 9-107.4(b) (1).) –
If "Yes," identify the end item and briefly describe its intended use in the civilian economy.
2. Is a principal purpose of the proposed contract, either by itself, or as one of a series of directly related contracts to create, develop or improve an end item which will be required for use by the general public by a Government regulation--
If "Yes," identify the end item and cite applicable regulation. (See ASPR 9-107.3(a) (1) and 9-107.4(b) (1).)
8. Is a principal purpose of the contract exploration into a field directly concerned with public health or public welfare (as distinguished from items predominantly of military concern)? (See ASPR 9–107.3(a) (ii) and 9-107.4(b) (2).).
If "Yes," identify such principal purpose of the contract and briefly describe its relationship to the public health or public welfare.
4. Is the contract for procurement in a field of science or technology in which
5. Is the contract for procurement in a field of science or technology in which
If "Yes," briefly describe such field.
6. If the answer to either 4 or 5 is "Yes," would the contractor be likely to get a preferred or dominant commercial position in that field if he were permitted to acquire title to inventions made under the contract? (See ASPR 9-107.3 (a) (iii) and 9-107.4(b) (3).) –
Explain the answer.
7. Does the contract require that the contractor both (1) provide services for operation of a Government-owned research or production facility and (ii) perform experimental, developmental or research work at that facility? (See ASPR 9–107.3(a)(iv)(A) and 9–107.4(b) (4).) –.
Footnotes at end of checklist.
8. Does the contract require contractor to coordinate and direct the work of others (as distinguished from the normal contractor-subcontractor relationship) which might result in a potential organizational conflict of interest? (See ASPR 1-113.2, Appendix G, and 9–107.3(a) (iv) (B), 9-107.4(b) (4).)
If "Yes," explain briefly why such a potential conflict of interest is considered to exist.
(Typed name, office, and signature of person completing this form) will not be used in the
The Patents Rights (Title) Clause, ASPR 9-107.5(a), will solicitation. (Give reasons for determination.)
(Typed name and signature of contracting officer or representative)
1 The contract or series of contracts need not necessarily require delivery of the end item. The end item may be a product, a process or data.
2 The mere fact that the Government has been or is the principal funder or developer funder or developer in a field of science or technology which encompasses the piece of hard
[29 F.R. 9756, July 21, 1964, as amended at 30 F.R. 12005, Sept. 21, 1965; 32 F.R. 523, Jan. 18, 1967; 33 F.R. 15391, Oct. 17, 1968; 35 F.R. 8437, May 29, 1970]
(a) Patent Rights (Title) Clause. the contracting officer has determined that the contract comes within § 9.1074 (b) or (d), he shall include the following clause in the contract. This clause provides for the Government to acquire title in "Subject Inventions," subject to the contractor's retaining a royalty-free license in such inventions; however, the Government may permit the contractor, under certain circumstances, to acquire greater rights than the license.
PATENT RIGHTS (TITLE) (DECEMBER 1969)
(a) Definitions used in this clause. (1) "Subject Invention" means any invention or discovery, whether or not patentable, conceived, or first actually reduced to practice in the course of or under this contract. The term "Subject Invention" includes, but is not limited to, any art, method, process, machine, manufacture, design, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, or any variety of plant, which is or may be patentable under the patent laws of the United States of America or any foreign country.
(2) "Governmental purpose" means the right of the Government of the United States (including any agency thereof, State or domestic municipal government) to practice and have practiced (make or have made, use or have used, sell or have sold) any Subject Invention throughout the world by or on behalf of the Government of the United States.
(3) "Contract" means any contract, agreement, grant, or other arrangement, or subcontract entered into with or for the benefit of the Government where a purpose of the contract is the conduct of experimental, developmental, or research work.
(4) "Subcontract and subcontractor means any subcontract or subcontractor of the Contractor, any lower-tier subcontract or subcontractor under this contract.
(5) "To bring to the point of practical application" means to manufacture in the case of a composition or product, to practice in the case of a process, or to operate in the case of a machine or system and, in each case, under such conditions as to establish that the invention is being worked and that its benefits are reasonably accessible to the public.
(b) Rights granted to the Government. Except as provided in (e) and (h) of this clause, the Contractor agrees to grant the Government all right, title, and interest in and to each Subject Invention (made by the Contractor), subject to the reservation of a nonexclusive and royalty-free license to the Contractor. The license shall extend to existing and future associated and affiliated companies, if any, within the corporate structure of which the Contractor is a part and shall be assignable to the successor of that part of the Contractor's business to which such Invention pertains. Nothing contained in this Patent Rights clause shall be deemed to grant any rights with respect to any invention other than a Subject Invention.
(c) Invention disclosures and reports. (1) With respect to Subject Inventions (made by the Contractor), except those which are obviously unpatentable under the patent laws of the United States, the Contractor shall furnish to the Contracting Officer:
(i) A written disclosure of each invention within six (6) months after conception or first actual reduction to practice, whichever occurs first under this contract, sufficiently complete in technical detail to convey to one skilled in the art to which the Invention pertains a clear understanding of the nature, purpose, operation, and to the extent known the physical, chemical, or elec
trical characteristics of the Invention; when unable to submit a complete disclosure, the Contractor shall within said six (6) month period submit a disclosure which includes all such technical detail then known to him and shall, unless the Contracting Officer authorizes a different period, submit all other technical detail necessary to complete the disclosure within three (3) months of the expiration of said six (6) month period.
(ii) Interim reports at least every twelve (12) months, the initial period of which shall commence with the date of this contract, each report listing all such Inventions conceived or first actually reduced to practice more than six (6) months prior to the date of the report and not listed on a prior interim report, or certifying that there are no such unreported Inventions;
(iii) Prior to final settlement of this contract, a final report listing all such Inventions including all those previously listed in interim reports, or certifying that there are no such unreported Inventions (This Final Report and any Interim Report under (11) above shall be submitted on DD Form 882 or other format acceptable to the Contracting Officer.);
(iv) Information in writing, as soon as practicable, of the date and identity of any public use, sale, or publication of such Invention made by or known to the Contractor or of any contemplated publication by the Contractor;
(v) Upon request, such duly executed instruments and other papers (prepared by the Government) as are deemed necessary to vest in the Government the rights granted it under this clause and to enable the Government to apply for and prosecute any patent application, in any country, covering such Invention where the Government has the right under this clause to file such application; and
(vi) Upon request, an irrevocable power of attorney to inspect and make copies of each U.S. patent application filed by, or on behalf of, the Contractor covering any such Invention.
(2) With respect to each Subject Invention in which the Contractor has been granted greater rights under paragraph (h) of this clause, the Contractor agrees to provide written reports at reasonable intervals, when requested by the Government as to:
(1) The commercial use that is being made or is intended to be made of such Invention;
(ii) The steps taken by the Contractor to bring the Invention to the point of practical application, or to make the Invention available for licensing.
(d) Subcontracts. (1) The Contractor shall, unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Contracting Officer, include a patent rights clause containing all the provisions of this Patent Rights clause except provision (g) in any subcontract hereunder where a purpose of the subcontract is the conduct of experimental, developmental, or research
tractor to accept this Patent Rights clause, or if in the opinion of the Contractor this Patent Rights clause is inconsistent with the policy set forth in ASPR 9-107.2 and 9-107.3, the Contractor:
(i) Shall promptly submit a written report to the Contracting Officer setting forth the subcontractor's reasons for such refusal or the reasons Contractor is of the opinion that the inclusion of this clause would be so inconsistent, and other pertinent information which may expedite disposition of the matter; and
(ii) Shall not proceed with the subcontract without the written authorization of the Contracting Officer.
The Contractor shall not, in any subcontract or by using such a subcontract as consideration therefor, acquire any rights to Subject Inventions for his own use (as distinguished from such rights as may be required solely to fulfill his contract obligations to the Government in the performance of this contract). Reports, instruments, and other information required to be furnished by a subcontractor to the Contracting Officer under the provisions of such a patent rights clause in a subcontract hereunder may, upon mutual consent of the Contractor and the subcontractor (or by direction of the Contracting Officer) be furnished to the Contractor for transmission to the Contracting Officer. (2) The Contractor, at practicable date, shall also notify the Contracting Officer in writing of any subcontract containing a patent rights clause, furnish to the Contracting Officer a copy of such subcontract, and notify him when such subcontract is completed. 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 the rights that the Contractor would have to enforce the subcontractor's obligations for the benefit of the Government with respect to Subject Inventions. If there are no subcontracts containing patent rights clauses, a negative report is required. The Contractor shall not be obligated to enforce the agreements of any subcontractor hereunder relating to the obligations of the subcontractor to the Government in regard to Subject Inventions.
(e) Domestic filing of patent applications by contractor. (1) If greater rights are granted in and to a Subject Invention pursuant to paragraph (h) of this clause, the Contractor shall file in due form and within six (6) months of the granting of such greater rights a U.S. Patent application claiming the Invention referred to in said paragraph, and shall furnish, as soon as practicable, the serial number and filing date of each such application and the patent number of any resulting patent. As to each Invention in which the Contractor has been given greater rights, the Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer at the end of the six (6) month period if he has failed to