Technology Transfer & Licensing at Universities

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 80 minutes
Recorded Date: May 26, 2020
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  • Intro (4 min.)
  • What is Technology Transfer? (25 min.)
  • Federal R&D and the Bayh-Dole Act (12 min.)
  • The Benefits of University Research (8 min.)
  • Licensing from Universities (8 min.)
  • The Technology Transfer Process (4 min.)
  • Examples (12 min.)
  • Tech Transfer as a Profession (2 min.)
  • Tech Transfer Challenges & Tips (5 min.)

Runtime: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Recorded: May 26, 2020


Most people are familiar with university creations reaching the public somehow—Google, Gatorade, and this strange technology they heard about on a podcast called “CRISPR”? But how do these inventions come into existence, and how do they reach the public?

Research innovations reach the public marketplace through a process called “technology transfer.” While most people and even attorneys have never heard of technology transfer, it is merely the movement of scientific knowledge. This movement occurs out of universities and research institutions and into the marketplace, usually through the licensing of intellectual property to either an established company or a startup company. Although—as is always the case in the law—it is seldom quite that simple.

Viewers will learn about what technology transfer is, the federal research apparatus that underpins its origins, the Bayh-Dole Act, and other legislation leading to the field’s proliferation, the path to commercialization, licensing from universities, and illustrative examples of successful technology transfer. While new to many attorneys, the technology transfer profession is an attractive career path and has many transferable lessons for other IP attorneys, startup companies, and multinational companies in today’s transactional global economy.

This program was recorded on May 26th, 2020.

Provided By

New Media Rights


Kyle Welch

Licensing Manager, Technology Transfer Office
San Diego University

Kyle Welch is a licensed California attorney and Licensing Manager in the San Diego State University Technology Transfer Office. The TTO commercializes intellectual property resulting from research on campus.

Kyle has also been a Guest Lecturer on Patents and Licensing for the New Media Rights Internet & Media Law Clinic. Previously, Kyle was the Lead Editor for the University of Columbia’s Global Freedom of Expression project, a Clinical Intern for Navy General Counsel, SPAWAR Systems Pacific (now NIWC), and a Judicial Extern in the U.S. Southern District of California. He has also authored or co-authored multiple law review articles, several online case reviews, a book chapter, and a guide for campus creators and entrepreneurs at SDSU.

Kyle graduated from California Western School of Law in 2014 and received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Ohio State University in 2011.

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