Government Issues

Advocacy and Public Policy

Read about current legislation, court decisions and public policy affecting technology transfer.

Bayh-Dole Act

Enacted on December 12, 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act created a uniform patent policy among the many federal agencies that fund research, enabling small businesses and non-profit organizations, including universities, to retain title to inventions made under federally-funded research programs. Discover the tangible impact this legislation has had over the past 30 years.

Making a Difference

The primary objective of academic technology transfer professionals is to enable the development and commercialization of academic research findings, ensuring research ultimately reaches and benefits the public. Many benefits - such as educational advancements for students and contributions to the academic research enterprise - are not immediately visible in the media or the marketplace. Learn more about products and the exciting stories behind successful technology transfer efforts.

Principles and Guidelines

Discover suggested practices and guidelines such as the Nine Points to Consider for university technology transfer activities and AUTM position documents for the Global Health Toolkit. Learn more.

Advocacy Archives

Research past legislative and policy issues here.

Government Labs: Now You Too Can Market Your Technologies

Now qualifying nonprofits and government labs can purchase an annual pass to the AUTM Global Technology Portal (GTP), a website that showcases university technologies available for licensing. Learn more.