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Technology Transfer

Technology transfer is the process that universities and other research organizations use to translate research discoveries and scientific findings into new products, technologies, drugs and other services that benefit the public. AAU promotes activities to improve university technology transfer through providing a forum through which its members share information about institutional policies and best practices they use to move ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace. AAU also advocates for maintaining and strengthening federal technology transfer policies, including the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 which fundamentally changed the nation’s system of technology transfer by enabling universities to retain title to inventions and take the lead in patenting and licensing groundbreaking discoveries.


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.

In October 2014, the Association of American Universities (AAU) formed the AAU Technology Transfer Working Group with the task of reaffirming that the primary goal of university technology transfer operations is to advance the public interest.

This edition of the Weekly Wrap-up recaps the coalition letter urging increased allocation for the Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, and a new infographic produced by AAU and APLU showing how tech transfer benefits society.
The Milken Institute today released a report ranking more than 200 U.S. universities for their ability to turn their research into products and startup companies. Seventeen AAU universities were ranked in the top 20 schools.
Report published in Technology and Innovation highlighting the recommendations disseminated by the AAU and APLU technology transfer working groups with examples of university policies and practices.
Following is a statement by AAU on the introduction of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act by Senators Gardner and Peters.
The undersigned scientific and professional societies, higher education associations, universities, and research institutions are writing to express their opposition to a provision in the Commercializing on Small Business Innovation Act of 2016 (HR 4783) which would increase the SBIR set-aside from 3.46 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2018 to 4.5 percent in FY 2022 of any federal agency budget that provides more than $100 million for research.
APLU and AAU released a set of principles and recommendations regarding innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization.
AAU Technology Transfer working group proposes steps universities can take to better align policies and practices with the public interest.
We appreciate the opportunity to respond to the OSTP and National Economic Council, Notice of RFI on the Administration’s Strategy for American Innovation.