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Focusing on the use of CRADAs (Cooperative Research and Development Agreements) and PLAs (Patent License Agreements)

  • What these agreements are and how to make them work for you.
  • The conditions and requirements for the use of CRADAs and PLAs.
  • Protecting intellectual property, including proprietary information, data, and patents. What can be negotiated by the federal laboratories.
  • How the courts have ruled in technology transfer litigation.

This course provides an overview of technology transfer and its applications. The course covers the legislative history and the mechanisms of technology transfer. It focuses on Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and Patent License Agreements (PLAs). CRADAs are flexible tools used by universities, companies, and others to collaborate with federal laboratories. Through this mechanism, parties can mutually access each other's expertise, resources and facilities. PLAs provide opportunities for participating parties to negotiate successful patent licenses. In sum, these unique R&D instruments offer the prospect of quicker technology development and commercialization.

The course will be presented through a combination of lectures, interactive discussion, and workshops. Upon completion of the course, participants will have gained both a working knowledge of the primary instruments of technology transfer and an understanding of the value and purpose of technology transfer.


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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


  1. Origins of Federal Technology Transfer
    1. Ownership of Government-funded inventions
    2. The expansion in Federally-funded R&D
    3. The Stevenson-Wydler Act
    4. The Bayh-Dole Act
  2. Overview of Intellectual property
    1. The concept of intellectual property and its importance
    2. Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks
    3. Government Employee Inventions
  3. What is a CRADA
    1. The method to implement Stevenson-Wydler
    2. A federal contract for collaborative R&D
    3. Statutory elements
      1. Federal laboratories and their CRADA resources
      2. Non-federal entities and their CRADA resources
    4. Specified R&D
  4. Distinguishing a CRADA From Procurement Contracts and Grants
    1. Differences
    2. Similarities
  5. CRADA Authority and Responsibility
    1. Negotiating CRADAs
    2. Avoiding conflict of interest issues
    3. Preference for small businesses and U.S. manufacturing
    4. CRADAs with foreign entities
  6. Technology Transfer Issues
    1. How to handle Data Rights
    2. Management of Disputes
    3. Liability and Indemnification
    4. Statement of Work
    5. Reimbursement for travel
    6. CRADAs with federal grantees and contractors
    7. CRADAs with GOCO laboratories
    8. Litigation involving CRADAs
  7. Technology Commercialization
    1. The purpose of a license
    2. Types of licenses
    3. How to draft an effective license
    4. Factors to consider in negotiating a license
    5. Government use rights
    6. Types of financial reimbursement
    7. Regulatory issues
    8. Government March-in rights
  8. Value of Intellectual Property
    1. Determining the value of intellectual property
    2. Strategies for marketing and maintaining relationships
    3. Intellectual Property audits for effective technology transfer
  9. Emerging Technology Transfer Issues
    1. Export Control and Deemed Export regulations
    2. Partnership Intermediaries
    3. State and local resources


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Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Group-Live Classroom
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CPE Hours
This program is eligible for: 13.0 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: Basic
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
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CLP Hours
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