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The Bayh-Dole Act is the piece of legislation that has allowed university technology transfer to become what it is today. Enacted in 1980, the Act sets all of the ground rules regarding federally funded university research.

NIH-Bayh-Dole Regulations

AUTM-Bayh-Dole Act

The USPTO is an agency of the Department of Commerce. Use this site to search for issued patents, published patent applications and trademarks.


The Association of Technology Managers (AUTM) is an organization focused on the practice and study of technology transfer. Technology transfer is the process of moving university research into the commercial sector.


The Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) administers the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) by issuing Certificates of Protection in a timely manner. The Act provides legal intellectual property rights protection to developers of new varieties of plants that are sexually reproduced (by seed) or tuber-propagated.


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit. These works -- intellectual property -- are expanding the bounds of science and technology and enriching the world of the arts. Through its work, WIPO plays an important role in enhancing the quality and enjoyment of life, as well as creating real wealth for nations.


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