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DOC/NIST RIN: 0693-AB66 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Updates to Bayh-Dole Implementing Regulations 

Changes to 37 CFR 401, 404, and 501 to reduce regulatory impediments for technology transfer by eliminating unnecessary language and modifying language to clarify confusing provisions that have created a burden in complying with the intent of the Bayh-Dole Act. The proposed deletions remove a significant amount of regulations that are unnecessary or duplicative. The added language provides additional clarity in regulating march-in rights, subject invention and utilization reporting requirements, U.S. industry preference, and other regulations that impact the transfer of technology from federally funded research and development. The proposed rulemaking aims to improve the transition of federally funded innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace by reducing the regulatory burdens for technology transfer.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 401    37 CFR 404    37 CFR 501   
Legal Authority: 37 U.S.C. 206 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Henry N. Wixon
Chief Counsel for NIST
Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1052,
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1052
Phone:301 975-2803
Fax:301 926-6241