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Technology Transfer and US Public Sector Innovation

Albert N. Link, Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Zachary T. Oliver, Innovation Economics Program, RTI International, US
Technology Transfer and US Public Sector Innovation provides an overview of US technology policies that are the genesis for observed technology transfer activities. By describing the technology transfer process from US federal laboratories and other public sector organizations, this exploration informs the reader in detail of how the transfer process behaves and the social benefits associated with it.
Extent: c 224 pp
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Publication Date: January 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78897 655 8
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Technology Transfer and US Public Sector Innovation provides an overview of US technology policies that are the genesis for observed technology transfer activities. By describing the technology transfer process from US federal laboratories and other public sector organizations, this exploration informs the reader in detail of how the transfer process behaves and the social benefits associated with it.

Empirical information and evidence are presented on myriad forms of technology transfer including, but not limited to, patents, licenses and CRADA activity. Publications are a form of technology transfer as are new metrics that quantify the efficiency of the technology transfer process.

Link and Oliver’s work will be of great use to public policy makers in industrialized countries, scientists in federal laboratories worldwide and academic researchers. In addition, it will hold an important position in national and academic libraries.
‘In this important new book, Link and Oliver, carefully trace how technology transfer from the public sector has been the sleeping giant of innovation in the United States. With meticulous care in the data analyses, the authors provide compelling and irrevocable evidence highlighting the central role played by technology transfer from the federal labs and other public research programs that have fueled America’s innovative performance. With publication of this path breaking book, the key contributions of the public sector in driving American science, research, innovation and ultimately prosperity are clearing and unequivocally identified. It is a must read not just to scholars of science and innovation policy but also to thought leaders in business and public policy.’
– David Audretsch, Indiana University, US
Contents: Foreword by Irwin Feller 1. Introduction 2. An Historical Context for Technology Transfer Activity in the United States 3. U.S. Technology Transfer Policies toward Federal Laboratories and Agencies 4. The Economics of Technology Transfer 5. On the Effectiveness of U.S. Technology Transfer Policies 6. Literature on U.S. Federal Laboratory and Agency Technology Transfer Mechanisms 7. U.S. Federal Agency Technology Transfer Mechanisms and Metrics 8. Agency Growth Rates of Selected Technology Transfer Mechanism Metrics 9. Agency Examples of Successful Technology Transfers 10. A Public Sector Knowledge Production Function 11. Exploring the Broader Impact of R&D Spending on Technology Transfer in Federal Agencies 12. Exploring Publications as a Technology Transfer Mechanism 13. Exploring New Technology Transfer Metrics 14. Technology Transfer from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program 15. Concluding Remarks References Index