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Ethical Commercialization

IP Advocate is committed to providing the academic research community with current and critical information about technology transfer and advancements in commercialization of intellectual property.

We believe that ethical commercialization begins with academic protocols insured by responsible university policies. Proper and consistent university technology transfer is crucial to preserving the foundation of academic research and innovation. As a result, it should be the primary objective of every university Technology Transfer Office (TTO).

This section features articles, information and papers promoting socially responsible licensing and best practices for commercialization of academic discoveries. We hope this information will help you better prepare to protect your inventions and intellectual property.

Scientific and technological advancements born out of academic research are progressing at a staggering rate. While the Bayh-Dole Act provides the protocols for which universities utilizing public funds for research can distribute their findings and benefits to the public; it is silent on the methods and conduct of the university technology transfer offices (TTO) commercialization efforts. Therefore, consistent technology transfer best practices are necessary to ensure these innovations reach their intended audience without haste or waste.

University TTOs have evolved singularly with varying degrees of consistency from institution to institution. Transparent operations, open communication and a spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding between the university, its technology transfer office and its researchers are all requisite in ensuring the best interests of the public and mankind. Those universities supporting their researchers will emerge as forerunners in the future of innovations and academic leadership.

IP Advocate believes that socially responsible and ethical technology transfer is critical and should be a primary objective of every university TTO. In this spirit, IP Advocate has established as one of its goals to promote ethical commercialization of innovations on behalf of the public welfare.

In this section you will find articles, presentations and university policy statements focusing on socially responsible technology transfer operating in favor of society at large.


In the Public Interest: Nine Points to Consider in Licensing University Technology

Global Health Partnerships and Academic Technology Transfer

Pathways for Enhancing Access to Health Technologies through Improved IP Management

A History of Office of Technology Licensing - Stanford

University Policy Statements

Socially Responsible Licensing at U.C. Berkeley

University of Florida Policy Statement

Lehigh University Policy Statement

University of Washington Policy Statement

Louisiana State University Policy Statement

By Doing Good, Cornell Can Do Well

Tech Transfer White Paper Authors Hope to Spur Debate, Socially Responsible Licensing

Researchers Keep Eyes on Prize

Improving Access to Medicines in Poor Countries: The Role of Universities

A Challenge to the World’s Scientists

Leveraging University Research to Advance Global Health

Patent Reform and University Research

Men and Women for Others: The Case for University Adoption of Socially Responsible Licensing Practices

Harnessing University Research to Improve Global Health

Retooling Tech Transfer

The University as Innovator - Bumps in the Road

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