Technology Transfer for Entrepreneurs: A Guide to Commercializing Federal Laboratory Innovations

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Business & Economics - 252 pages


A toolbox for accessing federal laboratory innovations and financing the acquisition of new technologies with corporate equity, this book is also a guide to understanding the expertise of specific government laboratories. Entrepreneurs can rapidly accelerate the growth of their companies and become more competitive by acquiring federal laboratory innovations. This book is an indispensable resource for those who want access to the latest breakthrough technologies, most of which can be traced to universities and federally funded laboratories. These taxpayer-funded idea factories can and should be leveraged by companies for competitive advantage. The authors describe how the private sector can engage these labs as long-term strategic partners, as well as development partners for the ongoing, cost-effective improvement of new technologies.

Jargon-free and succinct, this guide also explains how to benefit from knowledge of the current technology-transfer landscape in order to maximize this special private-public partnership. No country can equal the United States in research and development assets. But the federal government is not always as successful as it could be in using its authority to encourage such partnerships. It is therefore up to the private sector--entrepreneurs as well as established companies seeking new growth outlets-exploit the information presented here. Included is a directory of federal laboratories with a synopsis of their expertise and contact information, along with copies of the breakthrough technology-transfer legislation that has made technology transfer possible.

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Contents

Growth and Inspiration of the Federal Laboratories
1
Property Rights and Their Imperative
15
How to Use Federal Laboratories
33
View from the Bridge Advice from Inside
43
Effectively Managing Intellectual Property
53
Overview of Federal Laboratories and Capabilities
61
A New Model for Transferring Government Laboratory Developed Technologies to the Private Sector
87
Building Successful Alliances with Federal Laboratories Cooperative Research and Development Agreements CRADAs
91
There is plenty of room at the bottom US Government Laboratory Research and the Nanotechnology Revolution
117
Overview of Significant Technology Transfer Legislation
131
BayhDole Act
137
StevensonWyldler Technology Innovation Act of 1980
163
Cooperative Research and Development Agreements CRADAs at National Labs
211
Sample CRADA Agreement
225
References
239
Index
243

Introduction to Intellectual Capital
97
Measuring Intellectual Capital Bibliometrics
111

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About the author (2003)

CLIFFORD M. GROSS is the founder and CEO of UTEK Corporation. The holder of 18 patents and author of two previous books and numerous articles and papers, Gross has previously served as Research Professor and Director at the Center for Product Ergonomics, University of South Florida.

JOSEPH P. ALLEN is President of the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. Allen has also served as the Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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