Given recent federal- and state-level lawmakers’ interest in university technology transfer practices, AAU and APLU conducted a survey to gauge the extent to which member universities have implemented AAU’s Working Group on Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property and APLU’s Task Force on Managing University Intellectual Property 2015 recommendations regarding the management of intellectual property (IP).
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These recommendations include:
- Develop and state a clear mission and vision for university management of IP.
- (Re)affirm university’s commitment to adhere to technology transfer practices that best serve the public interest and are aligned with the Nine Points to Consider in Licensing University Technology.
- Highlight institutional policies that restrict the university from working with patent assert entities or “patent trolls.”
- 87 percent of institutions employ practices, are developing or have already developed written policies that ensure that technology transfer practices are consistent with advancing the public good and the university’s core missions, and adhere to the Nine Points to Consider in Licensing University Technology.
- 84 percent of surveyed institutions do not have a specific policy restricting their university’s ability to license intellectual property to patent assertion entities. However, almost 20 percent stated that their university does not in practice license to patent assertion entities. Additionally, many institutions have crafted license agreements that allow the institution to revoke a patent license if the licensee fails to develop and/or appropriately commercialize the invention embodied in the patent.
- Six institutions have gone through a review process, benchmarking their policies with AAU working group and APLU taskforce IP management recommendations.
Iowa State University
Louisiana State University
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University of Illinois System
Washington State University
Recommended Next Steps for Campus Technology Transfer Offices
- Review the technology transfer management recommendations of AAU’s Working Group on Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property and the APLU Task Force on Managing University Intellectual Property recommendations on technology transfer management.
- Benchmark institutional policies with AAU and APLU’s recommendations and the Nine Points to Consider in Licensing University Technology.
- Create written policies that reflect existing institutional practices prohibiting or restricting university licensing to patent assertion entities or “patent trolls.” Publish policies online and share examples with AAU and APLU members.
- Share progress and challenges with APLU and AAU (Email James Woodell, APLU, at firstname.lastname@example.org and Hannah Poulson, AAU, at email@example.com)