DATE: April 9, 2002

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Trademarks for Government Products

SOURCE: Federal Register, April 9, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 68, page 17277

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting

SYNOPSIS: The Director of Defense Procurement and the General Services Administration Deputy Associate Administrator for Acquisition Policy are cosponsoring a public meeting to discuss the August 9, 2001, proposed rule that would provide guidance on the use of names, symbols, and logos that describe government products, services, systems, and programs.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the proposed rule, see the August 9, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Trademarks for Government Products."

DATES: The first meeting will be held on May 9, 2002, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch at 12:00 p.m. If necessary to ensure that all of the views of the interested parties have been heard, subsequent public meetings may be held concerning issues raised by the proposed rule. The dates and times of any subsequent meetings will be published after the initial meeting on the Defense Procurement internet home page at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dp/.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in room C-43, Crystal Mall Building 4, 1941 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William H. Anderson, Chair, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council Committee on Patents, Data, and Copyrights, 703-588-5090; fax: 703-588-8037; e-mail: William.Anderson@pentagon.af.mil.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On August 9, 2001, the FAR Council published a proposed rule to amend the FAR to add Subpart 27.X, Government-Unique Trademarks and Service Marks, and FAR 52.227-XX, Rights in Government-Unique Marks, to establish the process for either the government or a contractor to assert rights in a government-unique mark and to seek trademark or service mark protection.

Five written comments were submitted in response to the proposed rule by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, International Trademark Association, American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law, Aerospace Industries Association, and the Department of Defense Inspector General (the comments are available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dp/Trademarks.htm). After reviewing the public comments and several articles that have been published about the proposed rule, the Director of Defense Procurement and the General Services Administration Deputy Associate Administrator for Acquisition Policy would like to explore the views of interested parties regarding the key issues raised in the proposed rule.

The following is a list of possible issues for discussion at the public meeting (the discussion will not be limited to these issues):

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

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