Thursday, March 01, 2012

Eight DOE of national laboratories offer optimized partnerships

Thursday, March 01, 2012

DOE announced on 23 February that eight of the national laboratories are involved in, facilitate a pilot initiative for private companies that use laboratories research capacities. The participating laboratories are Ames, Brookhaven, Idaho, Lawrence Livermore National renewable energy, Savannah River, Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest national laboratories. The arrangements for the commercialisation of technology (ACT) program will take advantage of the United States in innovation to create jobs and the development of new technologies for clean energy.

Previously companies want to partner with laboratories for commercial research two options had: signed a cooperative research and development agreement or a work for-other agreement. The eight laboratories participate in this pilot program to provide that restricted one less ACT opportunity. Under the Act are to negotiate more flexibility, the intellectual property rights for technologies that are created in a lab; There will be more flexibility on other issues of payment and project structures. The ACT agreements will facilitate also multi-party partnerships. See the DOE press release and a list of frequently asked questions about the ACT option.

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