APLU promotes federal research and science investment and policies to stimulate new discoveries that improve the health, quality of life, and economic growth of communities, the nation, and world. APLU member institutions in the United States conduct more than $51 billion in university-based research.
Technology and intellectual property issues are of critical importance to APLU institutions.
Given the ever-changing environment of technology, it is critical that public policy is similarly up-to-date and does not adversely affect the use of technology on our university campuses.
It is also important that public policy encourages the innovation that occurs on campus. Innovation drives our economy and improves the health and quality of life for so many by incentivizing discoveries and moving good ideas to full development and commercialization. This technology transfer process is a vital role of research universities.
Furthermore, APLU is an advocate for defending the strength of the patent system, which facilitates the transfer of campus research discoveries to private sector entities that can build on the discovery and eventually turn it into the next greatest innovation.
Learn more about the important role university technology transfer plays in fueling the innovation economy here.
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