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A business development plan must be submitted as part of the license application process, and serves as the basis for establishing performance benchmarks that are included in the license agreement. Once a license is awarded, the NIST Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) works closely with licensees to monitor performance and to adjust benchmarks, when appropriate, to facilitate successful commercial launch of the product or service derived from the licensed invention;
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The license is revocable under specific circumstances, such as (but not limited to): non-use of the patent, material breach of the terms, failure to comply with governing regulations, or failure to satisfy certain specified Federal needs.
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