Office of Research Administration
Compliance → Technology Transfer
Enacted in 1980, the Bayh-Dole
Act (PL 96-517, Patent and Trademark Act Amendments of 1980)
created a uniform policy for federal granting agencies to follow in handling inventions based on federally funded research programs. The Bayh-Dole
Act was instrumental in encouraging universities to
participate in technology transfer activities.
Major provisions of the
- Non-profits, including universities, and small businesses may elect
to retain title to innovations developed under federally funded research
- Universities are encouraged to collaborate with commercial concerns
to promote the utilization of inventions arising from federal
- Universities are expected to file patents on inventions they elect to own.
- Universities are expected to give licensing preference to small
- The government retains a non-exclusive license to practice the
patent throughout the world.
- The government retains march-in rights.
Title 37 - Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights (Code of Federal Regulations)