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On behalf of the members of the Subcommittee on Regulation, Business Opportunities, and Energy we are pleased to submit this addendum report for the consideration of full committee members.
WILLIAM S. BROOMFIELD,
Ranking Minority Member.
RON WYDEN, OREGON
ELIOT L. ENGEL, NEW YORK
JIM OLIN, VIRGINIA
MICHAEL R. MCNULTY, NEW YORK
United States House of Representatives
Subcommittee on Regulation,
WM. S. BROOMFIELD, MICHIGAN
STEVE JENNING SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF DIRECTOR 202-225-7797
September 1, 1989
Ron Wyden, Chairman, Subcommittee on Regulation, Business
MINORITY SUBCOMMITTEE PROFESSIONAL
SUBJECT: Transfer of Federal Technology to Small Business:
Serious Barriers Block Commercialization of Billions of
Over the last year, the subcommittee staff at your direction has
In summary, we have found that the government efforts in this area have been under-staffed, under-directed and only marginally focused.
The result has been frustrated government scientists who can't commercialize their inventions, discouraged businesses who can't get at valuable technologies and penalized taxpayers who have lost untold millions of dollars in unrealized licensing and royalty revenues.
Representative of this failure is the astoundingly small return federal taxpayers receive through commercialization of federal inventions. Royalties accruing to the government in 1988 from licensing of federal inventions and discoveries represented a return on research investment of only .00005_percent.
According to John M. Ols, Jr., a senior manager with the U.S. General Accounting Office who is overseeing a detailed performance analysis of federal tech transfer laws, many government labs and agencies "are at ground zero" in their efforts to conform to the substance of transfer mandates.