The formal transfer of new scientific discoveries and innovations from academic institutions to the commercial sector occurs through the licensing of Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property includes patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.

Resources in this section will address:

  • What is "technology transfer"? 
  • What is considered "intellectual property"?
  • What is the "Bayh-Dole Act of 1980" and how does it impact my research?
  • What is the "America Invents Act" and how does it impact my research?
  • What do I need to know about patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets?
  • How can public disclosure result in losing patent rights?
  • What is a Material Transfer Agreement? Confidential Disclosure Agreement?