|Innovation is Under ThreatLast Thursday, the Biden Administration released draft guidance outlining proposed factors that an agency may consider, including the “reasonableness of a product’s price,” when deciding whether to exercise its ‘march-in rights’ to federally funded inventions under the Bayh-Dole Act. According to the Bayh-Dole Coalition and other stakeholders, the proposal may deter public-private collaborations to advance new treatments and cures, and it will decimate confidence in the reliability of universities and federal laboratories as R&D partners, severely handicapping American innovation.
Organizations like yours have until February 6, 2024 to respond to the proposed guidance – please see the links to the Federal Register below and a link that provides tips on how to submit comments.
INFORMATION RE: FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released for public comment its Draft Interagency Guidance Framework for Considering the Exercise of March-In Rights, a tool to help agencies evaluate when it might be appropriate to require licensing of a patent developed with federal funding.
The draft guidance seeks to help agencies work through a range of policy considerations relevant to a potential march-in decision, including price. The proposed guidance is now available in the Federal Register. Also available in pdf form here.
The 60-day comment period will close on Feb. 6, 2024, after which NIST will review and make publicly available all comments received, before finalizing the guidance.
Federal Register :: Request for Information Regarding the Draft Interagency Guidance Framework for Considering the Exercise of March-In Rights
Submit a comment with this link
Tips for Submitting Effective Comments* from Regulations.gov
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