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Patent Files



   #.. INTERIOR/SOL-3

   #....System name:  Patent Files--Interior, Office of the Solicitor-3.

     System location:  Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the
   Interior, 18th and C Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20240.
     Categories of individuals covered by the system:  Inventors of
   Inventions arising from Government research and development programs;
   and applicants for Patents, Trademark Registrations, and Copyright
   Registrations.
     Categories of records in the system:  Certain titles of inventions,
   inventor's name, Department of the Interior's docket number, and
   Patent and Trademark Offices Serial Numbers and filing dates.
     Authority for maintenance of the system:  (1) 5 U.S.C. 301; (2) 43
   U.S.C. 1457; and (3) 1963 and 1971 President's Patent Policy
   Statements.
     Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including
   categories of users and the purposes of such uses:  The primary uses
   of the records are (a) for ongoing retrieval and docketing purposes
   and intraoffice management and (b) for the preparation of patent
   applications for submission to the U.S. Patent Office. Disclosures
   outside the Department of the Interior may be made (1) to the U.S.
   Patent Office; (2) to inventors and others directly concerned with
   the government funded research and development information concerning
   filing dates, serial numbers and patent or trademark registration
   numbers; (3) to the U.S. Department of Justice when related to
   litigation or anticipated litigation; (4) of information indicating a
   violation or potential violation of a statute, regulation, rule,
   order or license, to appropriate Federal, State, local or foreign
   agencies responsible for investigating or prosecuting the violation
   or for enforcing or implementing the statute, rule, regulation, order
   or license.
     Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing,
   retaining, and disposing of records in the system:
     Storage:  Maintained in manual form.
     Retrievability:  Indexed by inventor's names, docket number, and
   serial number.
     Safeguards:  Maintained with safeguards meeting the requirements of
   43 CFR 2.51.
     Retention and disposal:  Records will be maintained indefinitely.
     System manager(s) and address:  Assistant Solicitor, Patents,
   Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, 18th and C
   Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20240.
     Notification procedure:  A written request addressed to the System
   Manager stating that the requester seeks information concerning
   records pertaining to him is required. See 43 CFR 2.60.
     Record access procedures:  A request for access may be addressed to
   the System Manager. The request must be in writing and be signed by
   the requester. The request must meet the content requirements of 43
   CFR 2.63.
     Contesting record procedures:  A petition for amendment should be
   addressed to the System Manager and must meet the content
   requirements of 43 CFR 2.71.
     Record source categories:  Inventors, contractors, and U.S. Patent
   and Trademark Office.
     Systems exempted from certain provisions of the act:  The Privacy
   Act does not entitle an individual to access to information compiled
   in reasonable anticipation of a civil action or proceeding.