Technology Development and Transfer: The Transactional and Legal Environment

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Quorum Books, Jan 1, 1997 - Business & Economics - 215 pages
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Gutterman and Erlich provide a clear, concise summary of all the important legal and business issues that may arise in technology transfer arrangements. Discussed are the law of technology transfer, including federal legislation and intellectual property law; the fundamentals of establishing a technology transfer, including confidentiality agreements, due diligence investigations, and selection of technology partners; legal and business issues involved in licensing and research and development arrangements, including university research arrangements; and steps to be taken by federal laboratory managers, the Federal government, and private firms to improve technology transfer. This work is important reading for executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, accountants, and other professionals involved in transfer arrangements, and also for venture capitalists and investment bankers seeking a broad overview of technology-driven transactions. Academic lawyers and their students will also find this book valuable.

The nation's ability to facilitate the transfer of its valuable, publicly funded technology and related know-how from its national research laboratories and universities to the private sector for commercial usage will be key to its future economic growth and global business competitiveness. This work is a comprehensive guide to all of the essential legal and business considerations that entrepreneurs and managers must take into account in the course of structuring technology transfers. The book is intended to provide readers with a clear and concise summary of the basic building blocks of effective technology transfer, including applicable federal laws and regulations, intellectual property law, licensing agreements, research and development arrangements, and the strategies that may be adopted for improving technology transfer in the future.

This book takes the reader through each transaction on a step-by-step basis, beginning with partner selection and preliminary activities, and includes comprehensive model contract provisions. In addition, the book analyzes how the federal laboratories, the government, and firms in the private sector can improve the quantity and quality of technology transfer in the years to come.

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Intellectual Property Law
General Considerations in Technology Transfer Practice
Licensing Agreements

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About the author (1997)

ALAN S. GUTTERMAN has over a decade of experience in providing legal and business counseling to entrepreneurs, firms, and investors in the areas of general business and commercial law, securities law and business finance, technology law, and international law.

Erlich is Of Counsel for theBoston law firm of Perkins, Smith, and Cohen.

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