Technology Transfer Cooperation Agreement Responsibilities

The University Senior Sponsored Research Administrator (See University Authorized Officials) will ensure that Faculty and all named project personnel shall acknowledge their duty to disclose and the University's right to evaluate ownership of inventions, as appropriate, when submitting sponsored research proposals for institutional approvals, including internally sponsored research (See Intellectual Property Policy Statement for appropriate disclosure language). The Bayh-Dole Act requires inventor(s) to disclose inventions arising out of federally assisted research to the University, and to enter into an agreement assigning ownership when the University elects title. A formal agreement pledging cooperation with these guidelines and the patent process shall be signed at the time of award of sponsored research funding, including internal University sponsored research, or at the time of initiation of research which potentially and foreseeably utilizes Substantial Use of University facilities and support.  The Senior Sponsored Research Administrator shall ensure these agreements are signed at the appropriate times. The requirement to have individuals identified above sign an Technology Transfer Cooperation Agreement arises from:

·         A need for information  in order to abide by the Cafulty Collective Bargaining Agreement.

·         The University's obligations under the federal Bayh-Dole Act to patent and effectively transfer inventions arising from federally sponsored research results to industry for the public benefit and to grant the government a license to use such inventions for government purposes.

·         The University's compliance with contract terms under industry-sponsored research.

·         The University's responsibility to protect the Intellectual Property of our faculty.

The agreement is not intended to restrict the free exchange of scholarly information or prohibit free and open collaborations between scholars or scientists. It is specifically directed toward those situations in which the development of new technology is targeted.