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Federal Tech Transfer Licensing and Agreements

The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-517) and the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-502) authorize government owned, government operated laboratories to grant exclusive or non-exclusive licenses to their patented technologies. To ensure that the Public has the greatest access to the products of Government research and development possible, the Federal Government prefers to issue non-exclusive licenses to use its patented inventions for particular applications. However, exclusive licenses may be granted, if warranted. Under any license agreement with a government owned, government operated laboratory, the Government is required to retain a non-exclusive, royalty-free, paid up license to use the invention for Government purposes.

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) are the most frequently used mechanism for formalizing interactions and partnerships between private industry and NAWC AD. A CRADA is an agreement between one or more Federal laboratory and one or more non-Federal party to perform cooperative and mutually beneficial research and development in any area that is consistent with the Federal laboratory’s mission. Under the regulations governing CRADAs, the Federal laboratory may provide personnel, services, facilities, and equipment, but no funds, to the joint R&D effort. On the other hand, the non-Federal party may provide funds, in addition to personnel, services, facilities, and equipment to the joint R&D effort.

The provisions of the CRADA describe the rights of the non-Federal party to the intellectual property that arises from the cooperative R&D. The CRADA guarantees to the non-Federal party a non-exclusive, paid-up, royalty-free license to make and use internally any patents that are derived from the CRADA research. Moreover, the non-Federal party is granted an option to obtain an exclusive license. In addition, the CRADA provides for the protection of company proprietary information.

For more information about CRADA’s or Technology Transfer please contact NAWC AD’s Technology Transfer Office.