Bayh-Dole Compliance

iEdison: Bayh-Dole Compliance

On December 12, 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act was enacted. This act created a uniform patent policy among many federal agencies that fund research, enabling organizations, including universities, to retain title to inventions made under these federally funded research programs. Bayh-Dole requires that any new invention developed through federally funded research is reported to the granting agency. Reporting to the agencies is managed through iEdison. In recent years, there has been heightened agency interest in enforcing the reporting requirements mandated by the Bayh-Dole Act. The consequences for non-compliance in accurate reporting in iEdison have the potential to be quite severe. These include:

  • Federal research funding can be withheld until such time as the organization is in compliance
  • Potential future funding implications
  • The government can take title to non-compliant IP (3rd party inquires becoming more frequent)
  • Grant closeout problems
  • Potential hostile relations with granting agencies
  • Administrative enforcement letters to senior leadership demanding compliance

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