Intellectual Property Resources

The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 gave federally funded researchers “the right to retain ownership of their patents and charges them with the responsibility to ensure commercial use of inventions created with federal financial support.” As part of the overall objective of improving STEM knowledge and education, the REESE program seeks real-world applicability of project research and findings, and encourages coordinating advances in research and education. Intellectual property issues may therefore be of concern to REESE projects. Many universities have an office devoted to technology transfer, check with your local institution for specialized resources on issues related to technology transfer, including patents, intellectual property, marketing, and revenue sharing. ARC is also available to consult with REESE project teams about any intellectual property concerns, and a number of online resources are provided below. Please contact us to recommend additional resources. 

UCTech Technology Transfer FAQ
This list of Frequently Asked Questions was developed by the University of Chicago’s Office of Technology and Intellectual Property to assist academic researchers in protecting and commercializing their ideas.

Intellectual Property Primer
This article provides an introduction to intellectual property law, though there is limited discussion of the specific issues raised by the Bayh-Dole Act.

A Tutorial on Technology Transfer in U.S. Colleges and Universities
This tutorial was compiled by the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), an association of research universities, with the goal of helping “the reader understand modern technology transfer practices of U.S. colleges and universities.” It provides a discussion of technology transfer issues, federal legislation, and a practical “how to” guide. 

The Bayh-Dole Act; A Guide to the Law and Implementing Regulations
Also designed by the Council on Governmental Relations, this guide provides a detailed look at the Bayh-Dole Act, as well as issues regarding its implementing regulations and compliance requirements.  

Please note that the websites and publications included in these directories are not affiliated with or endorsed by ARC. ARC does not guarantee their timeliness and is not responsible for their content.