Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Summer 2011


Tugrul Daim

Course Title

Technology Transfer

Course Number

ETM 533/633


In this report, we evaluate the effectiveness of the transfer of the Grid Friendly Appliance (GFA) from a laboratory environment to a commercial one. GFA is one of many products developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) that has also been transferred to another entity for commercialization. PNNL has multiple ways in which they commercialize or transfer their internally developed technology such as patenting, licensing, and commercialization. To gain an understanding of the steps taken by them regarding technology assessment and implementation of the technology transfer, interviews were interviewed PNNL managers. Comparisons are made between PNNL’s technology transfer methodology and typical transfer techniques based on domain, patents, licenses, etc. We find that although the GFA may not be commercial in a large scale, it is however a good example of transfer of intellectual property to an outside agency or a private entity. The primary objectives of this paper are to understand the many ways a successful technology transfer is defined, understand how it is applied at PNNL, and determine if the definitions should be expanded to include other perspectives not identified in our literature search.


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