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Licensing Guide and Sample License

The Technology Transfer Working Group (TTWG), made up of representatives from each DOE Laboratory and Facility, recently created a Licensing Guide and Sample License [762-KB PDF]. The Guide will serve to provide a general understanding of typical contract terms and provisions to help reduce both time and cost to license intellectual property (IP) from DOE's Laboratories. This is the first laboratory-wide guidance on licensing practices across the DOE complex. This Guide was developed to increase the transparency of the licensing process and to explain the laws and policies governing the licensing of federally-funded research. The motivation for the guide was to better serve small businesses and entrepreneurs with limited resources and licensing experience; but it is useful to all companies and individuals interested in commercializing technologies from DOE's National Laboratories.

New Technology Transfer Search

A new search feature has been implemented, which allows searching of technology transfer information across the Department of Energy Laboratories. Using novel web crawling technology, the search capability in the box above allows users to enter a single query for a technology transfer term, which then searches DOE Laboratory technology transfer websites and databases. A consolidated, relevance-ranked list will be returned, providing easy and timely access to technology transfer information from across the DOE complex. Try this exciting new search capability! Read more


Department of Energy Announces
New Pilot Technology Transfer Agreement
to Facilitate Industry Engagement with Participating National Laboratories

DOE announces pilot sites for ACT

December 8, 2011, Washington, DC – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced Agreement for Commercializing Technology (ACT) – a new pilot technology transfer mechanism that addresses concerns preventing some innovative companies from working with our national laboratories to bring job-creating technologies to the market.

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See Frequently Asked Questions about ACT



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