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




Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat Division has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a revision and renewal of a previously approved information collection requirement regarding commerce patent regulations.


Submit comments on or before January 29, 2020.


Submit comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for GSA, Room 10236, NEOB, Washington, DC 20503 or at Additionally submit a copy to GSA by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to and follow the instructions on the site.
  • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405. ATTN: Lois Mandell/IC 9000-0095, Commerce Patent Regulations.

Instructions: All items submitted must cite Information Collection 9000-0095, Commerce Patent Regulations. Comments received generally will be posted without change to, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check, approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail).

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Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, at telephone 202-969-7207, or

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A. OMB Control Number, Title, and Any Associated Form(s)

9000-0095, Commerce Patent Regulations.

B. Needs and Uses

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 27.3, Patents Rights under Government Contracts, implements the Department of Commerce regulation (37 CFR 401) based on chapter 18 of title 35 U.S.C., Presidential Memorandum on Government Patent Policy to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, dated February 18, 1983, and Executive Order 12591, Facilitating Access to Science and Technology, dated April Start Printed Page 7194810, 1987. Under the subpart, a contracting officer may insert the clause at FAR 52.227-11, Patent Rights-Ownership by the Contractor, or 52.227-13, Patent Rights-Ownership by the Government, in solicitations and contracts pertaining to inventions made in the performance of experimental, developmental, or research work.

In accordance with the clauses, a Government contractor must report all subject inventions to the contracting officer, submit a disclosure of the invention, and identify any publication, sale, or public use of the invention (FAR 52.227-11(c), 52.227-13(e)(1)). The contracting officer may modify FAR 52.227-11(e) or otherwise supplement the clause to require contractors to submit periodic or interim and final reports listing subject inventions (FAR 27.303(b)(2)(i) and (ii)). In order to ensure that subject inventions are reported, the contractor is required to establish and maintain effective procedures for identifying and disclosing subject inventions (FAR 52.227-11, Alternate IV; 52.227-13(e)(1)). In addition, the contractor must require its employees, by written agreements, to disclose subject inventions (FAR 52.227-11(e)(2); 52.227-13(e)(4)). The contractor also has an obligation to utilize the subject invention, and agree to report, upon request, the utilization or efforts to utilize the subject invention (FAR 52.227-11(f); 52.227-13(c)(1)(iii)).

C. Annual Burden

Respondents: 3,379.

Total Annual Responses: 13,200.

Total Burden Hours: 52,800.

D. Public Comment

A 60-day notice was published in the Federal Register at 84 FR 56192, on October 21, 2019. No comments were received.

Obtaining Copies: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, telephone 202-501-4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000-0095, Commerce Patent Regulations, in all correspondence.

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Dated: December 23, 2019.

Janet Fry,

Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2019-28163 Filed 12-27-19; 8:45 am]