DATE: July 25, 2002

SUBJECT: Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR); Patent Regulations for Management and Operating Contracts

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 25, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 143, page 48568

AGENCIES: Department of Energy (DOE)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOE is adopting as final, with changes, the November 15, 2000, interim final rule that revised the patent coverage in the DEAR relating to DOE's management and operating (M&O) contracts.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The DEAR is Part 9 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It is available on the Internet at http://professionals.pr.doe.gov/ma5/MA-5Web.nsf/Procurement/Acquisition+Regulation?OpenDocument.

For more on the interim final rule, see the November 15, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR); Patent Regulations Relating to Management and Operating Contracts."

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 26,2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert M. Webb, 202-586-8264.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On November 15, 2000, DOE published an interim final rule that revised its patent regulations for M&O contracts for the first time since 1995. The interim final rule revised the M&O patent regulations to reflect the realities of performance under DOE M&O contracts more effectively, to reflect additional statutory requirements and the special treatment of exceptional circumstances in defense-related activities, and to rewrite the M&O patent clauses in "plain language." Only one comment was received, and that comment said that the rule had achieved its intended purposes of clarity and organization. However, DOE has decided that several minor changes must be made to the interim final rule:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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