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Green Paper

Highlights of ROI FINDINGS

Regulatory & Administrative Improvements

  • The limited situations in which Government Use Licenses and March-In Rights may be exercised is not well defined
  • The Preference for U.S. Manufacturing process for requesting waivers is confusing to stakeholders
  • “Government works” exception to Copyright Protection for Software Products of R&D GOGO laboratories constrains commercialization

Private Sector Engagement

  • Improved clarity and use of best practices by Federal Laboratories would streamline Partnership Agreements
  • Private sector collaborations for translational R&D could be increased via Expanded Partnership Agreements
  • Federal Laboratories could accelerate technology maturation by attracting private sector investment through Non-Profit Foundations
  • Recipients of Federal funding could benefit from a Limited Use of R&D Awards to enable intellectual property protection

Entrepreneurial Workforce

  • Expanding best practice Technology Entrepreneurship Programs at Federal R&D agencies government-wide will help build a more entrepreneurial R&D workforce
  • Current requirements for Managing Conflicts of Interest that vary across agencies and lack flexibility pose challenges to build a more entrepreneurial R&D workforce

Tools & Services

  • A federated data portal is not available to easily access, use, and analyze information on Federal Technologies, Knowledge, and Capabilities that are available to the public
  • A secure, modern, interoperable platform is not available for Reporting Federal IP Data (inventions, copyrights, and utilization metrics) that is easy to access, analyze, and use

Benchmarking & Metrics

  • Current metrics to capture, assess, and improve broad Technology Transfer Outcomes & Impacts of federally funded R&D are inadequate
  • Government-wide guidance for reporting broad-based Technology Transfer Outcome and Impact Metrics at the Federal Laboratory level could help facilitate appropriate and relevant comparison with universities
  • A model instrument could streamline data collection for Economic Impact Studies

Next Steps

ACTIONS TO IMPLEMENT FINDINGS

Implementation of any actions based on findings in the Green Paper that require specific policy, legislative, and/or regulatory actions will be advanced via formal proposals subject to appropriate interagency review, and public comment.

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Created December 4, 2018, Updated September 10, 2019