When technologies transition out of the research and development phase into the commercial market, it is a win for both industry and the government. Technology transition enables innovative technologies to fuel economic growth by increasing corporate and small business revenue, thereby creating jobs and services critical to ensuring the United States remains ahead in the fight to combat terror. The government also benefits by ensuring that the investments made into R&D reach the commercial or government market and remain good and efficient stewards of taxpayer dollars. Technology transition is the process of taking a technology from the developmental and prototype phase to production and deployment by the end user community. Transition success is achieved when research and development products have evolved to the commercial market and/or have been inserted into government acquisition programs and can be easily and continuously obtained by the combating terrorism community. The path from the research and development phase to transition success can be challenging, and it is the mission of the Technology Transition Office at CTTSO to help overcome transition challenges to ensure success for the developers and end users. The Technology Transition Office at CTTSO works with internal program managers, external government agencies, end users, industry, and developers to overcome any barriers that may prohibit the successful transition of CTTSO technologies.
Intellectual Property (IP) is considered a top asset of any company and should be handled accordingly. IP encompasses rights that are protected legally by, among other protections, patents and copyrights. Federal statutes permitting patenting an invention and obtaining a copyright have been enacted under the authority of Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution. It is important to have a good understanding of intellectual property and data rights to ensure that IP assets of a company are recognized and protected. Additional information on IP and data rights can be found in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS):
Additional information on intellectual property can be found in Appendix B of the CTTSO Technology Transition Handbook.
If there is a desire to transition a technology to the global market, then export control needs to be addressed. Export control involves multiple government agencies, and companies must be in compliance with export regulations. Within DoD, the focal point on export controls is the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA). The Department of State and the Department of Commerce are the lead agencies responsible for regulations governing the export of defense articles, commercial items, and dual-use items. Export authorization can be revoked, suspended, or amended by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) for a variety of reasons.
The two primary export regulations are the:
Additional information on the subject of export control can be found in Appendix C of the CTTSO Technology Transition Handbook.
The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office actively supports and encourages both technology transition and technology transfer through partnerships. The two most common types of partnership are through Licensing Agreements and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs).
In order to ensure that technologies and federal funding best serve the interests of the government and the public, the CTTSO issues licenses for certain technologies to continue the technology transition path. Licensees must demonstrate an ability to market the technologies and express their intention to carry out production of the licensed technology.
Cooperative Research and Development Agreements
CRADAs are legal agreements between a non-federal partner and a government research and development agency to conduct joint research and development in a technical area. CRADAs allow the private sector to take advantage of technology and expertise developed by the federal government.
None at this time. Any Licensing Agreements or CRADA opportunities will be posted here.