Micro-Entity Status Loophole

Several months ago, I blogged about reduced micro-entity fees, which will soon be available for qualifying patent applicants. As discussed in this blog post, the micro-entity provisions may have a loophole to let anybody qualify for the 75% fee reduction, just by providing a license to a qualifying institution of higher education. According to that blog post, proposed USPTO rules may tighten the loophole, but it appears that the loophole will still be available for small entities.