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LUNCH WITH LAURA The Bayh-Dole Act: What This Is and Why This Matters

Enacted in 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act fundamentally changed the management of intellectual property created under federal awards. Arguably, one of the most important provisions of the Act is the ability for universities to retain the title to innovations including inventions and intellectual property. Other key provisions include:

  • Encouraging universities to promote the utilization of inventions by collaborating with commercial entities
  • Universities are also expected to file patents and give licensing preferences to small businesses
  • The government retains a non-exclusive licensee to practice the patent/invention throughout the world
  • The government retains march-in rights (the right to require the university to grant a license to another party)

Prior to Bayh-Dole, the government held title to almost 30,000 patents with less than five percent licensed to industry for development. Bayh-Doe has helped to create new technologies, vaccines, and products. The former President of the NASDAQ Stock Market estimates that 30% of its value is rooted in university-based, federally funded research results, which might have never been commercialized without the Act.

The University is required to do the following to ensure compliance with the Act:

  • Disclose inventions within two months to the federal agency
  • Patent the invention
  • Attempt to develop and commercialize the invention
  • Share a portion of the royalties with the inventor(s)
  • Require employees to assign rights in inventions to the University

The ensure compliance with the last condition, UM requires all new employees to agree to the UM Inventions, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Policy which outlines the rights and responsibilities regarding inventions, intellectual property and technology transfer including the management and commercial application of innovations and aligns with the requirements of Bayh-Dole. This agreement is captures when new employees are onboarded in Workday. Additionally, as task was added in Workday to all employees hired prior this process. The Office of Research Administration and the Office of Technology Transfer will follow-up with all employees and faculty who work on federally sponsored awards who have not completed this task in Workday.

Please join me on Thursday, March 17th at 12:00 p.m. to discuss this topic further, I would love to hear from you!

Register in advance for the Zoom session here. You may also submit your question(s) and/or comment(s) in advance of the session.  


Letter from Laura

Laura Kozma
Associate Vice President, Research Administration
Lunch with Laura Overview 

Lunch with Laura is a monthly newsletter and discussion session with me (Laura Kozma, Associate Vice President for Research Administration) on a specific topic. There will be new focus each month which will include hot topics in research administration, new and significant policies, and changes in the Office of Research Administration (ORA).


The newsletter will be distributed to the University of Miami (UM) communicated and will also be available online. Each newsletter will briefly discuss key points about the monthly focus including available resources.

Lunch with Laura

The discussion session (or Lunch with Laura) will be held shortly after the newsletter is sent out. All are welcome to come and discuss the monthly focus and ask questions. I look forward to having an opportunity to discuss your concerns and questions in depth. My goal is to make this an opportunity for you and one for me as well so I can better understand your struggles and challenges. You may submit your questions or comments in advance of the session.