2016: Did Army do analysis to determine if public is better off with exclusive license to patent?

We sent this brief note to the Army today regarding this federal register note: https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-04494

From: Jamie Love
Date: Sat, Mar 5, 2016
To: Phoebe.E.Lenear@usace.army.mil
Subject: Digital Optical Method patents

I am writing about the notice of intent for an exclusive license to patents on the Digital Optical Method (DOMTM ), United States Patent No. 7,495,767.

My question is a fairly basic one. Did the Army do any analysis to determine if the public is better off with an exclusive or non-exclusive license for this technology? As you know, the point of an exclusive license is to create a monopoly on the technology. Did the Army determine that the public benefits from creating a monopoly in this case, and if so, will the Army share that analysis with Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) so we can publish that analysis and provide commentary?

James Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

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