DOE uses the patent system to promote the use of inventions arising from DOE-supported research and development. To that end, any grants or denials of a license application, will be made pursuant to the best interests of the U.S. and the general public. Therefore, among other things, DOE may grant additional non-exclusive, exclusive, or partially exclusive licenses. The Deputy General Counsel has jurisdiction to decide the following types of cases involving: (1) a person whose application for a license has been denied or (2) who can demonstrate that he or she may be harmed by the agency's action, (3) a licensee whose license has been modified or terminated in whole or in part, or (4) a contractor who appeals an agency decision to grant a copyright license to a third party. The Deputy General Counsel's decision is the agency's final action.
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