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General Atomics, Inc.; Notice of Intent to Grant Exclusive Patent License

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AGENCY:

Office of the General Counsel, Department of Energy.

ACTION:

Notice of intent to grant exclusive patent license.

SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given to an intent to grant to General Atomics, Inc., of San Diego, CA, an exclusive license to practice the invention described in U.S. Patent No. 6,379,841, entitled “Solid State Electrochemical Current Source”. The invention is owned by the United States of America, as represented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

DATES:

Written comments or nonexclusive license applications are to be received at the address listed below no later than August 20, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20585.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

John T. Lucas, Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property, U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 6F-067, 1000 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-2939.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

35 U.S.C. 209 provides federal agencies with authority to grant exclusive licenses in federally-owned inventions, if, among other things, the agency finds that the public will be served by the granting of the license. The statute requires that no exclusive license may be granted unless public notice of the intent to grant the license has been provided, and the agency has considered all comments received in response to that public notice, before the end of the comment period.

General Atomics, Inc. of San Diego, CA has applied for an exclusive license to practice the invention embodied in U.S. Patent No. 6,379,841, and has plans for commercialization of the invention.

The exclusive license will be subject to a license and other rights retained by the U.S. Government, and other terms and conditions to be negotiated. DOE intends to negotiate to grant the license, unless, within 30 days of this notice, the Assistant General Counsel for Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property, Department of Energy, Washington, DC 20585, receives in writing any of the following, together with supporting documents:

(i) A statement from any person setting forth reasons why it would not be in the best interests of the United States to grant the proposed license; or

(ii) An application for a nonexclusive license to the invention in which applicant states that it already has brought the invention to practical application or is likely to bring the invention to practical application expeditiously. Start Printed Page 43570

The Department will review all timely written responses to this notice, and will proceed with negotiating the license if, after consideration of written responses to this notice, a finding is made that the license is in the public interest.

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Issued in Washington, DC on July 15, 2004.

Paul A. Gottlieb,

Assistant General Counsel for Technology, Transfer and Intellectual Property.

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