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Technology Transfer and the Bayh-Dole Act

The federal government, which is the largest supporter of university research nationwide, determined in the mid-1970’s that it had an inventory of patents that weren’t being commercialized. The Bayh-Dole Act, passed in 1980, makes it possible for the federal government to assign its patent rights to universities, which then have the obligation to pursue intellectual property protection and commercialization. Prior to Bayh-Dole, only a handful of universities had technology commercialization offices.

Links to the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980

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