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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, ACE and four other organizations submitted a letter to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requesting a 90-day extension to the public comment period to respond to the draft interagency guidance framework for considering the exercise of march-In rights.
AAU and COGR submitted joint comments to the NIH ahead of their upcoming workshop.
President Snyder sent a letter to House and Senate leaders outlining priorities for several key provisions that Congress is discussing as part of the conference process for the Senate-passed USICA and the House-passed America COMPETES Act.
AAU President Barbara R. Snyder sent a letter to House and Senate leaders outlining priorities for several key provisions that Congress is discussing as part of the conference process for S. 1260, H.R. 2225, H.R. 3593, and other related measures.
Comments submitted to NIST on April 5, 2021 by AAU, APLU, CGA, ACE, and AAMC on 37 CFR Parts 401 and 404.
APLU and AAU will host the third “University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase,” featuring twenty university-affiliated startup companies from across the nation, on September 10, 2020
AAU sent a letter to Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) to oppose provisions in the “SBA Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2019.”
The comments express the associations’ strong support for the Green Paper’s overarching aims and for many of the Green Paper’s recommendations, several of which reflect a positive response to the associations’ July 2018 comments on NIST’s Request for Information (RFI) on Federal Technology Transfer Authorities and Processes.
AAU and other higher education associations submitted comments in response to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Request for Information (RFI) Regarding Federal Technology Transfer Authorities and Processes.
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.