U of A Rice Research and Extension Center patents

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the University of Arkansas of Arkansas.


From: Pierce Presley

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), Ark. Code Ann. § § 25-19-101 to 25-19-109, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all patents, trademarks, copyrights, or any other rights owned by the University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center or by any representative, employee, or affiliate obtained and/or supported during his or her affiliation with the office.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Please note that I am a citizen of Arkansas, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.


Pierce Presley

From: Barbara Batiste

Dear Mr. Pressley,
I am in receipt of your recent Arkansas Freedom of Information request, as I am the Freedom of Information Coordinator for the Arkansas Divison of Agriculture Research and Extension.

The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act only applies to citizens of the State of Arkansas. Please substantiate your Arkansas citizenship per the definition and examples provided below.

The requirement of citizenship under the Arkansas FOIA is reasonably determined by a person's domicile, which is distinct from a person's residence. Under Arkansas law, a person's domicile is the "place where a [person] has his true, fixed, and permanent home . . . and to which he has the intention of returning whenever he is absent therefrom." John J. Watkins & Richard J. Peltz, The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act at 75 (4th ed. 2004). According to the leading scholars on the Arkansas FOIA, any public entity such as the Division may request sufficient documentation to establish citizenship. Id. at 79. For example, a driver's license (issued prior to your request) or other identification showing a person's name and (current, verifiable) address are the types of information that may be used to establish citizenship, according to Professors Watkins and Peltz. Id.

Please confirm your domicile and provide information sufficient to establish your address, and we will be happy to release any non-exempt public records within the scope of your request, if such records exist. You can send the documentation to me as an email attachment.



Barbara Batiste
Affirmative Action/Compliance Officer/FOI Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator
University of Arkansas System Divison of Agriculture Research and Extension
2301 S University
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
(501) 671-2015 phone
(501) 671-2273 fax

Begin forwarded message:

From: foia

In regard to your December 6, 2016 emailed public records request (received December 7, 2016), please be advised that the University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center operates under the aegis of the U of A System Division of Agriculture, where records requests are managed through the office of Barbara Batiste, Civil Rights Compliance Officer, copied here.


Rebecca Morrison

Rebecca Morrison • Public Information Officer
215 Davis Hall • University Relations • University of Arkansas • Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone 479-575-3016