Course Description

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This introductory survey course is designed for both scientists as well as new or future technology transfer professionals. This course will be a hands-on experience and employ a “workshop” approach for internalizing the concepts presented. Specific topics will include: the history, legislation, and public policy that drive federal technology transfer (i.e., life before and after codification of the Bayh-Dole Act); the role of Technology Transfer Offices both in the Federal Government and in Universities; the major types of intellectual property; patents and patentability; the patent application process (i.e., reading patents and drafting claims); freedom to operate; patent litigation; infringement and invalidity; licensing of inventions; collaborative research; and, transactional agreements. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding and drafting the foundational documents of technology transfer. These documents include Non-Disclosure Agreements (“NDAs”); Material Transfer Agreements (“MTAs”); Data Transfer Agreements (“DUAs”); Licensing Agreements; and Collaborative Research and Development Agreements (“CRADAs”).

Learner Outcomes

When you complete the course successfully, you will be able to:
  • Describe what technology transfer (“T2”) is and the purpose of T2.
  • Identify and distinguish between the major types of intellectual property ("IP") protection.
  • Describe the patenting process from pre-filing activities to patent issuance.
  • Analyze and draft the component parts of a patent application.
  • Identify and distinguish between the core T2 documents.
  • Analyze and draft the component parts of a License Agreement.
  • Analyze and evaluate the factors needed to negotiate a fair royalty in a license agreement.


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Textbook Information

There is no textbook for purchase required for this course.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Section Title
Introduction to Technology Transfer- Foundations of Intellectual Property and Licensing
Online Asynchronous
Aug 28, 2024 to Oct 15, 2024
Total Cost (Includes $75 non-refundable technology fee per course when applicable)
Eligible Discounts Can Be Applied at Checkout (2 Credits) $775.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Academic Credit
2 Credit(s)
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