About Technology Development and Transfer
Enterprise Center’s Office of Technology Development and Transfer establishes partnerships with national laboratories, federal research-oriented programs, and university-based research centers in possession of intellectual property, including licenses, patents and inventions and then serves as a link between business, industry, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers who have a problem to solve or who are interested in licensing a technology or an invention for profitable purposes. The Enterprise Center refers to the process of seeking out this government-owned intellectual property as “technology mining”.
- An exploratory meeting is conducted with the Office of Technology Development and Transfer and a business organization to conduct assessment of the business needs (problem solving using government research and development, or searching for government-owned intellectual property for commercialization).
- Preliminary research of potential solutions or technologies is conducted by the Office of Technology Development and Transfer.
- A meeting is conducted with the business organization to discuss research findings and develop issues to be explored, and pursue next steps in the process.
- A meeting with a partner agency is arranged to discuss business technology and research needs. A meeting with appropriate scientists may be conducted at the business site.
- Discussions are conducted with the business organization regarding how to pursue additional analysis, if required.
- When the solution is identified, discussions occur regarding licensing, terms and conditions, and/or services required to establish an agreement for commercialization. When discussions and negotiations are successful, written agreements are executed between the parties.
- When appropriate, the new business venture is announced in a press conference and/or other appropriate venues.