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America’s universities are the nation’s principal source of the basic research that expands the frontiers of knowledge and produces discoveries that enhance national security, strengthen economic competitiveness, and enrich the lives of our citizens.

Although university research results are disseminated primarily through peer-reviewed publications, conferences, and other forms of open communication, they also are distributed through technology transfer, whereby fundamental discoveries are moved into the commercial sector for development into products and services that benefit society.

The landmark 1980 Bayh-Dole Act, which authorized universities and small businesses to retain patent and licensing rights to inventions resulting from federally funded research, has been an extraordinarily successful mechanism for facilitating the transfer of basic discoveries into the commercial sector for development. The patent system is an integral part of this process.



AAU joined APLU in filing an amicus brief in Allen v. Cooper, a case that will be argued before the Supreme Court on November 5.
AAU, APLU, and COGR submitted comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark office expressing support for their 2019 Revised Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance, which revises the procedures officials use to determine patentability under Section 101 of the patent law.
AAU, APLU, COGR, AUTM, and AAMC developed a series of recommendations for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the Inter Partes Review (IPR) process and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings.
AAU thanks Representative Stivers (R-OH) and Bill Foster (D-IL) for introducing the STRONGER Patents Act, bipartisan legislation that would effectively crack down on abuses of the U.S. patent system while taking steps to improve that system.
The Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Association of University Technology Managers, and Council on Governmental Relations today released a statement supporting the introduction of the STRONGER Patents Act in the U.S. Senate.
AAU, APLU, AUTM, AAMC, and COGR, comment on the Rights to Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government Owned Inventions 81 FR 78090: RIN 0693-AB63.
The study, which sensibly attempts to draw distinctions among the widely varied business models of actors in the patent system, supports our long-held position that any efforts to reduce abusive litigation practices must be narrowly tailored to address the small minority of patent holders that are abusing the system.
Higher Education Association statement on Federal Trade Commission’s Patent Assertion Entity Activity Study, 2016.
Higher education associations expressed their continued serious concerns about the Innovation Act (H.R. 9), the proposed Manager’s Amendment, and the process by which the legislation has been developed.
AAU, APLU, AAMC, ACE, AUTM, and COGR today released the following statement on the introduction of the PATENT Act by Senators Grassley, Leahy, Cornyn, Schumer, Hatch, Klobuchar, and Lee, 2015.