Domestic Manufacturing Waiver Request
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has authority to waive the preference for United States industry requirement when a contractor assigns or licenses a contractor owned invention (35 U.S.C. 204). Extramural institutions may request such a waiver on behalf of its licensees. NIFA complies with 35 U.S.C. 204 in making determinations regarding the grant of a waiver of the U.S. manufacturing requirement. Section 204 states:
The approval process requires that grantee organizations and contractors provide information and justification for the request as outlined in the form. In addition to addressing the questions, any other information which the contractor believes pertinent to why the assignment is necessary and in the public interest may be submitted.
After filling out the form, e-mail the request to firstname.lastname@example.org for disposition. Please note that the review by NIFA that can lead to the approval of U.S. Manufacturing waiver request will not commence until the answers to the questions and all pertinent information has been received by the NIFA. Should you have further questions, please direct inquiries to Tekila Gray (202-401-0951) or Sharon Lumpkin (202-401-0162).