Inside a University’s Technology Transfer Office: Purposes and Goals for Protecting a University’s Intellectual Property

Randi B. Isaacs

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Every day one comes across products, food, medical treatments, etc., using innovations that were based on research conducted at a university. These innovations have not only saved lives, like the seatbelt (which was created at the University of Minnesota) and HIV antiviral therapies (which were created at Emory University), but have improved our daily lives, like Google (which was created at Stanford University) and strawberry varieties (which were created at University of California, Davis). In fact, the majority of the basic research in the United States is conducted by colleges and universities and funded by federal agencies.1

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