I would like to underwrite a research project. How do I get started?show
Who will own the intellectual property?show
Georgia Tech Research Corporation asserts a right of ownership to any intellectual property that was developed by an employee of Georgia Tech or resulted from significant use of Georgia Tech resources. However, GTRC has worked hard to create and establish mechanisms that enable companies to easily obtain access to the project IP on fair and reasonable terms with minimal negotiations. For more information about the spectrum of contracts available to our industry collaborators, please review our Contract Continuum.
In brief, GTRC will be the owner or joint owner of the intellectual property that is developed:
- By Georgia Tech employees acting within the scope of their employment by the university
- As part of activities involving the significant use of Georgia Tech resources
As for intellectual property that results from industry-sponsored research, GTRC will normally grant the option to the sponsor to take a license to the technology. In cases where collaborative agreements with industry sponsors result in 1) joint inventorship or 2) improvements are made to a company’s background invention, terms are negotiated as appropriate.
If GTRC is a subcontractor to a company under a federally funded program, GTRC will still own the results of research created by Georgia Tech employees. GTRC provides the federal government non-exclusive rights for government use, in accordance with the federal regulations. For additional information about patent, copyright, and licensing policies, please contact us.
Will my company have the opportunity to approve publications resulting from sponsored research?show
Are there any sponsored research activities that are not routed through the Office of Industry Engagement?show
Licensing a Technology
I would like to learn more about available technologies. Where should I start?show
What are your policies with respect to indemnification, warranty, and liability?show
What is the Bayh-Dole Act and how is it relevant to licensing?show
The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 enables much of Georgia Tech’s technology commercialization success by allowing the university to retain title to inventions conceived or first reduced to practice in the performance of work under a federal funding agreement. The Bayh-Dole Act requires that Georgia Tech:
- Grant the U.S. government a non-exclusive, royalty-free license for government use
- Give preference to U.S. manufacturers
- Give preference to small businesses
- Share net income with inventors according to Georgia Tech’s Intellectual Property Policy
Learn more about the Bayh-Dole Act.