Licensing for Technology Transfer

The transfer of information, knowledge and technologies to benefit society is a cornerstone of the RAL mission.  Tech transfer is accomplished in a number of ways, given the nature of the technology, the sponsoring agency, and the intended use/user. Quite often it is accomplished through direct transfer of some capability to the sponsoring entity or through an education and training activity for a sponsor. 

Technology transfer at UCAR involves the distribution of intellectual property (IP) developed by our scientists and engineers to other organizations in order to protect and fully exploit the potential of that intellectual property.  Per UCAR policy, UCAR will normally transfer its intellectual property to the UCAR Foundation to facilitate technology commercialization. Non-commercial licensing (e.g., research licenses, government use licenses) is handled by UCAR directly.

The UCAR Office of General Counsel facilitates this process by drafting and negotiating license agreements (covering both copyrighted works as well as patented technology) with both commercial entities and non-profit research collaborators.  UCAR programs sometimes decide to place intellectual property in the public domain. Often, a simple “point and click” license can be used to permit the downloading of software by non-commercial research collaborators from a UCAR Website.  Depending upon the circumstances, a nationally recognized open source license, like those published by the Open Source Initiative may be adequate.

If you have questions about the UCAR licensing process or whether a particular technology can be licensed, please contact UCAR's Office of General Counsel for assistance. Additional information about technology transfer can be found on the UCAR Technology Transfer website.