Being an advocate of the technology transfer profession includes being a voice for public policy and change when it is needed. Part of AUTM’s mission is to monitor legislative and regulatory developments that impact the work of technology transfer professionals. It is also imperative that we use our voice to ensure that the power of diverse talent is included in all steps of the process.

The Patent System

Through the late 20th century, university patents were considered government property, and barely five percent made it into industry applications. The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 reversed that trend, creating opportunities for science-trained professionals to work in a growing new field that bridges research and business.

The demand continues to grow for well-trained technology transfer professionals with strong scientific backgrounds and those specializing in invention disclosure and assessment, intellectual property management, marketing, licensing, and startup company creation. Read more…

Diversity and Inclusion

Our mission is to increase the number of women, minorities and other underrepresented groups who are active in disclosing, patenting and licensing of inventions by providing them with the mentoring and resources necessary for the development of technologies and entrepreneurship.

AUTM will work with research universities to increase entrepreneurship training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and help them to adopt policies that enable faculty to engage in entrepreneurial activities without jeopardizing their success in their career. Read more…

FUNDING NEEDS

Support is needed to expand the reach and capacity of the Better World Project. Effectively communicating impactful success stories and promising emerging discoveries requires strategic planning. By targeting previously untapped regions, institutions and disciplines and streaming stories for maximum exposure, the Better World Project will increase the potential for collaborations while creating awareness and understanding of technology transfer.

DONATE

FUNDING NEEDS

Funding is needed to develop a more uniform network of support services for inventors and foster networks for women and minority inventors and entrepreneurs. In collaboration with the AUTM Women Inventors Committee, programs will be identified to mentor women inventors. Support is also needed to encourage women, minorities and young people to pursue STEM fields.

DONATE