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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD33 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Government Use License Exception for Small Entities 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) amends the rules of practice in patent cases to clarify and expand exceptions to the rule pertaining to government use licenses and their effect on small entity status for purposes of paying reduced patent fees. This action is designed to encourage persons, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations to collaborate with the Federal government by providing an opportunity to qualify for the small entity patent fees discount for inventions made during the course of federally-funded or federally-supported research. 

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 1   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/05/2020  85 FR 6476   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/23/2020 
Final Action  07/00/2020 
Final Action Effective  08/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
James Engel
Patent Examination Policy Advisor
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street ,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:571 272-7725
Fax:571 273-7725