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Albert N. Link and Zachary T. Oliver

This chapter explores the relationship among various dimensions of technology transfer from US federal laboratories. The dimensions considered are invention disclosures, patent application, patents issues, and licensing activity. Empirical evidence of the relationship between these dimensions is offered.

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Albert N. Link and Zachary T. Oliver

This chapter considers one US federal laboratory’s publications as a mechanism for the transfer of technology. That laboratory is the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Empirical evidence of the relationship between publications and invention disclosures is offered.

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Albert N. Link and Zachary T. Oliver

This chapter empirically explores several new technology transfer metrics that have been introduced into the academic and policy literatures. These include a filing ratio and a transfer rate. Each new metric is quantified using agency data.

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Albert N. Link and Zachary T. Oliver

This chapter departs from an emphasis on US federal laboratories to technology transfer activity from US federal agency sponsored private sector research. The program of focus in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Background on the SBIR Program is offered as is empirical evidence of the relationship between SBIR investments in R & D and private sector firms’ patenting activity.

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Albert N. Link and Zachary T. Oliver

This chapter concludes the book with a call for the need for a more systematic evaluation study of technology transfer from US federal laboratories. An evaluation framework is offered.

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Albert N. Link and Zachary T. Oliver

This chapter introduces the terminology used throughout the book, and summarizes the remaining chapters in the book.

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Albert N. Link and Zachary T. Oliver

This chapter places technology transfer in an historical context. It begins with the earliest record of mankind on technology transfer and offers examples of technology transfer throughout US economic history. It concludes with a discussion of Vannevar Bush’s Science—the Endless Frontier.

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Albert N. Link and Zachary T. Oliver

This chapter summarizes US policies toward technology transfer beginning with US President Jimmy Carter’s Domestic Policy Review. The Stevenson-Wydler Act of 1980 and the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 are highlighted, as are technology transfer initiatives by Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

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Albert N. Link and Zachary T. Oliver

This chapter presents a theoretical model of the economics of technology transfer. The model is based on downside risk.