Federal Technology Guidelines

Federal Policies

Enacted on December 12, 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act (P.L. 96-517, Patent and Trademark Act Amendments of 1980) 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.

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) website has additional Bayh-Dole information.

NIH Guides

NIH Guide on Sharing Resources 
A “20/20” Look at Invention Reporting and NIH

Veterans Administration Disclosure Requirements

Vanderbilt University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have entered into a Cooperative Technology Administration Agreement (CTAA) for the management of intellectual property invented jointly by Vanderbilt and VA personnel.  If you have such a joint appointment, or have signed a “Without Compensation Appointee (VA-WOC) Intellectual Property Agreement”, then you must also submit an invention disclosure and other required forms to the VA in addition to submitting the Vanderbilt invention disclosure form to the CTTC at Vanderbilt.

You may find the VA invention disclosure form and other required forms on the VA website.


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