Numerous programs can help provide access to technologies patented by award-winning researchers working in world-class facilities right here in Oak Ridge. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12) and University of Tennessee (UT) have established mechanisms for technology transfer, granting exclusive and non-exclusive use licenses for patents held by those institutions.
ORNL, Y-12 and UT maintain comprehensive on-line databases of available technologies as well as points of contact for licensing, commercialization and collaborative research opportunities.
Roughly 100 patents per year are made available for commercialization by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Partnerships Directorate through an aggressive program to provide technology-based solutions through the licensing of intellectual property. ORNL currently has more than 100 active licenses with entities ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies to academic institutions.
In the course of its work for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Y-12 National Security Complex develops useful new technologies with commercial applications. Through its Licensing Office, Y-12 transfers commercial rights for such technologies to the private sector. Through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Y-12 works with private- sector industries on R&D projects of mutual interest.
Through the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) discoveries made by researchers at the University of Tennessee are made available for licensing and commercialization. Through the University's Distinguished Scientist Program, close collaboration between UT and ORNL is yielding rapid advance not only in research, but also in educating the next generation of scientists in multiple disciplines.