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FAR 14.201:  Patent ambiguity - bidders duty to inquire

U. S. Court of Federal Claims

A patent ambiguity imposes the duty of inquiry on the bidder. See id. If the bidder does not clarify the patent ambiguity, it forfeits the right to rely upon its unilateral interpretation of the solicitation. See Dalton v. Cessna Aircraft Co., 98 F.3d 1298, 1306 (Fed. Cir. 1996). Nothing in the record in this case indicates that plaintiff satisfied its duty of inquiry. Therefore, it may not rely on its unilateral interpretation.  (Anderson Columbia Environmental, Inc. v. U.S., No. 98-759C, April 15, 1999)
For the Government For the Protester
The Ryan Company, v. U.S. and The Chappy Corp., No. 99-113C, May 20, 1999  
Anderson Columbia Environmental, Inc. v. U.S., No. 98-759C, April 15, 1999  

 

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