The obligation to obtain an export license from BIS before releasing controlled technology to a foreign person is informally referred to as a deemed export. Release of controlled technology to foreign persons in the U.S. are "deemed" to be an export to the person’s country or countries of nationality and is found in 734.2(b) of the EAR. Typical organizations using deemed export licenses include universities, high technology research and development institutions, bio-chemical firms, as well as the medical and computer sectors. Note that those organizations having persons with permanent residence status, U.S. citizenship, and persons granted status as "protected individual" are exempt from the deemed export rule.

Many of the licenses for deemed exports involve those conducting scientific research. Note that under 734.8 of the EAR, fundamental research is defined as "basic and applied research in science and engineering where the resulting information is ordinarily published and shared broadly within the scientific community" and, as such, is exempt from EAR licensing requirements. Research conducted using publically available information is also exempt from any license requirements.

   
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