Enacted on December 12, 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act created a uniform patent policy among the many federal agencies that fund research, enabling small businesses and non-profit organizations, including universities, to retain title to inventions made under federally-funded research programs.

2010 marked the 30th anniversary of this inspired legislation. Read about the Bayh-Dole 30th anniversary event here

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Joseph Allen, technology transfer expert and president, Joseph Allen and Associates, speaks about Bayh-Dole.
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Since enactment, more than 5,000 new companies have formed around university research; the majority locate in close proximity to the university. In fiscal year 2008, university research helped create 1.6 new companies a day.

University technology transfer creates billions of dollars of direct benefits to the U.S. economy every year.

In fiscal year 2008, universities helped create 648 new products.

University research helped create whole new industries, like biotechnology, where the U.S. enjoys a leadership role.

“For me, Bayh-Dole Act is the most important business legislature of the last century in the United States. And this is American Congress at its very best moment. It delivered through legislature and transformed the pace of innovation by providing a fluidic system that enhances U.S competitiveness.”

—Dr. Ndubuisi Ekekwe | Nkpuhe- a revelation on Africa