[Protest of USDA Contract Award]

B-261359: May 12, 1995

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An individual protested a Department of Agriculture contract award, contending that the contract specifications infringed upon its patent rights. GAO held that it would not consider the protest, since: (1) the protester untimely filed its protest after bid opening; and (2) it did not have authority to review allegations of possible patent infringements. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.