U.S. Universities and Technology Transfer

Posted: 2 Mar 2012

See all articles by Richard G. Hamermesh

Richard G. Hamermesh

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Josh Lerner

Harvard Business School - Finance Unit; Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Phillip Andrews

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 19, 2011

Abstract

Technology transfer from U.S. universities to industry has increased dramatically in the last 25 years. Reviews the history of technology transfer with particular emphasis on the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. It then examines how universities responded to Bayh-Dole, the growth of technology transfer offices, and compares how three different universities (MIT, Stanford, and Harvard) approach technology transfer. Provides an overview of the technology transfer process and issues around current practices.

Learning Objective: To understand what technology transfer from U.S. universities is and its risks and benefits.

Suggested Citation

Hamermesh, Richard G. and Lerner, Josh and Andrews, Phillip, U.S. Universities and Technology Transfer (September 19, 2011). Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Case No. 812-016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2014186

Richard G. Hamermesh (Contact Author)

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Josh Lerner

Harvard Business School - Finance Unit ( email )

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Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Phillip Andrews

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