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       The technology transfer process is new to every inventor at sometime in his/her career. This section of our web page provides information for inventors at all levels of familiarity to the process.

Intellectual Property Primer


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     Bayh-Dole Act:

      The Bayh-Dole Act, passed by Congress in 1980, created a uniform patent policy among the U.S. federal agencies that fund research in the non-profit and small business sectors. The Act provides recipients of federal research funds with the right to retain ownership of their patents with the underlying tenet that federally funded inventions should be licensed for commercial development in the public interest. This principle is reflected in virtually all university policies whether or not the invention is federally funded.

              Council on Governmental Relations Brochure (PDF)


Licensing Overview

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Office of Technology Transfer
Greenville Centre, Room 2400
2200 South Charles Boulevard
Greenville, NC 27858-4353 USA