U.S. Technology Transfer: Are The Expectations Too Great?

Although technology transfer has always existed in the form of person-to-person communication, student matriculation, and publishing in professional journals, the process hit the national scene in the 1980s when congressional legislators sought out new ways to stop the perceived U.S. tumble in global competitiveness. Congress put technology transfer on the federal agenda with a series of laws aimed at attracting industry to joint partnerships with the federal laboratories.

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