Author Topic: What is an Affiliate for a small entity or micro entity patent applicant?  (Read 39150 times)


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An affiliate is usually a company or organization that is controlled by another company. 

The official definition from the Small Business Administration is:

Affiliates Affiliation with another business concern is based on the power to control, whether exercised or not. Such factors as common ownership, common management and identity of interest (often found in members of the same family), among others, are indicators of affiliation. Power to control exists when a party or parties have 50 percent or more ownership. It may also exist with considerably less than 50 percent ownership by contractual arrangement or when one or more parties own a large share compared to other parties. Affiliated business concerns need not be in the same line of business. The calculation of a concern's size includes the employees or receipts of all affiliates.