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Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Council on Governmental Relations – An association of research universities whose primary function is to help develop policies and practices that fairly reflect the mutual interest and separate obligations of federal agencies and universities in federal research and training. This is a good site for information on technology transfer.
  • Bayh-Dole Act – An overview of the federal legislation governing technology transfer from Universities that have been funded by government agencies.
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM®) – A nonprofit association of professionals who obtain and manage intellectual property resulting from research at universities, nonprofit research institutions, and teaching hospitals worldwide.
  • Licensing Executives Society, Inc. – A professional society whose members are engaged in the transfer, use, development, manufacture and marketing of intellectual property. The membership covers a wide range of professionals, including business executives, lawyers, licensing consultants, engineers, academicians, scientists and representatives of government.
  • BioHouston – BioHouston, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded by Houston area academic/research institutions that brings together life science corporations, researchers and financial groups to stimulate technology transfer and research commercialization in and around Houston
  • Houston Technology Center – non-profit organization that provides in-depth business guidance, access to capital and service providers, and entrepreneurial education. HTC is supported by more than 300 corporations, organizations, and academic institutions
  • Houston Angel Network – A non-profit organization that provides a forum for investors to efficiently evaluate promising early-stage investment opportunities in Texas –based companies.
  • Texas Emerging Technology Fund – The Emerging Technology Fund was created by the Texas Legislature in 2005 to expedite the development and commercialization of disruptive technologies across various disciplines, including Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Energy, Software, Aerospace and Defense. Emerging technology industry participants are eligible for funding if the activity: 1) has the potential to result in a medical, scientific or clean energy breakthrough; 2) has meaningful collaboration with a Texas university, and; 3) will result in the creation of high-quality new jobs in the state (immediately or over a longer period. Awards range from $250,000 seed funding up to $5 Million.
  • South Texas RCIC – The South Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (STRCIC) is a group of South Texas based entrepreneurs, inventors and businesses seeking early-stage investment in new, technology-based, private entrepreneurial projects that collaborate with a Texas public or private institution of higher education in Texas.
  • Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas – CPRIT-Constitutional amendment passed in 2007 established and authorized $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas; to expedite innovation and commercialization in cancer research and to enhance access to evidence-based prevention programs and services throughout the state.
  • Texas Ignition Fund/MDACC Office of Technology Discovery – designed to stimulate commercialization of research discoveries at the 15 University of Texas institutions by providing very early stage grants for the development and maturation of those discoveries into marketable intellectual property.

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