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The University of Maryland, College Park Facilitates Access to Lifesaving Technologies During COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, April 10, 2020

The University of Maryland, College Park joins other major research institutions in implementing technology licensing principles that ensure equitable access to technologies enabling prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19. The joint “COVID-19 Technology Access Framework,” initially implemented by Stanford University, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, establishes guidelines providing for non-exclusive, royalty-free licensing of intellectual property rights for many COVID-related technologies during the pandemic and for a short period afterward. Licensees commercializing these urgently needed innovations will be required to distribute the resulting products as widely as possible and at a low cost that allows broad accessibility.

The signatories' formal commitments are outlined in the complete COVID-19 Technology Access Framework.

The University of Maryland, College Park has also signed on to the Association of University Technology Managers' (AUTM) COVID-19 licensing guidelines to rapidly facilitate transfers of innovations aimed at protecting the community.

To learn more about the University of Maryland, College Park's response to the pandemic and resources available to researchers, visit the Division of Research's COVID-19 Response Page. To see examples of COVID-19 related technologies, visit the Clark School's COVID Response page.

For assistance with outgoing material transfer, equipment loan, and donation agreements contact UM Ventures ([email protected]).

UM Ventures is a team of professionals with expertise in all aspects of technology transfer, intellectual property development and management, technology marketing, and license strategy and negotiation. UM Ventures can also assist with material transfer and donation agreements for UMD research tools and other intellectual property. Contact our staff to schedule a virtual meeting.


April 10, 2020