Technology transfer (71 - 80 of 116 items)
Federal Research: Concerns About Developing and Producing Magnets for the Superconducting Super Collider
T-RCED-91-51: Published: May 9, 1991. Publicly Released: May 9, 1991.
GAO discussed the status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), focusing on the DOE and SSC laboratory's approach in developing and industrially producing SSC laboratory's superconducting magnets. GAO noted that: (1) although the industry produced superconducting magnets for an accelerator, it was difficult to determine whether the DOE and the SSC laboratory woul...
Technology Transfer: Federal Agencies' Patent Licensing Activities
RCED-91-80: Published: Apr 3, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the patenting and licensing activities for fiscal year (FY) 1981 through FY 1990 of 12 federal agencies and 16 Department of Energy contractor-operated laboratories.GAO found that: (1) 12 federal agencies and 16 contractor-operated laboratories filed 15,669 patent applications, received 11,075 patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Offic...
Federal Research: Super Collider Estimates and Germany's Industrially Produced Magnets
RCED-91-94FS: Published: Feb 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided: (1) a chronological history of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider's (SSC) cost estimates; (2) information on Germany's experience with industrially produced superconducting magnets for its Hadron Electron Ring Accelerator (HERA); and (3) information on the SSC approach to developing and producing superconducting magnet...
Nuclear Research and Development: Shippingport Decommissioning--How Applicable Are the Lessons Learned?
RCED-90-208: Published: Sep 4, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) decommissioning of a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant, focusing on: (1) whether DOE had met congressional goals described in a 1986 hearing; and (2) additional information that could assist the commercial power plant industry.GAO found that: (1) DOE generally met congressional goals established for the power plant b...
Biotechnology: Processing Delays Continue for Growing Backlog of Patent Applications
RCED-90-231: Published: Sep 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Patent and Trademark Office's (PTO) backlog of unprocessed biotechnology patent applications, focusing on: (1) the extent of the backlog; (2) the impact of PTO actions to accelerate biotechnology patent decisions; and (3) the impact of continuations on reported patent dependency time in 1989.GAO found that: (1) despite PTO actions to accelerate...
Federal Research: SEMATECH's Efforts to Strengthen the U.S. Semiconductor Industry
RCED-90-236: Published: Sep 13, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Consortium's (SEMATECH) efforts to strengthen U.S. suppliers of equipment and materials for the semiconductor manufacturing industry.GAO found that: (1) by 1989, Japanese firms had captured 4 of the top 5 semiconductor equipment-supplier positions, while only 4 U.S. companies were among the 10 largest supp...
Foreign Investment: Concerns in the Banking, Petroleum, Chemicals, and Biotechnology Sectors
NSIAD-90-129: Published: May 30, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the effects of foreign direct investment in the United States, focusing on four sectors of the U.S. economy and the availability and types of data needed to analyze them.GAO found that: (1) concerns about foreign investment focused on whether foreign-controlled banks' lending decisions might be able to affect the growth and direction of U.S. indus...
Technology Development: Future Use of NASA's Large Format Camera Is Uncertain
NSIAD-90-142: Published: Jun 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1990.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) why the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had stored the Large Format Camera (LFC) since its first and only flight in 1984; and (2) possible future LFC uses.GAO found that: (1) NASA had successfully demonstrated LFC capabilities by showing that high-quality pictures could be produced in space; and (2) NASA acquired high-r...
Technology Transfer: Copyright Law Constrains Commercialization of Some Federal Software
RCED-90-145: Published: Jun 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federal agencies' efforts to comply with the prohibition on copyrighting government works, focusing on the: (1) extent to which copyright law has constrained the transfer of federal computer software and other new technologies; and (2) benefits and disadvantages of amending copyright law to allow federal agencies to copyright softwar...
Implementation of the Technology Transfer Act: A Preliminary Assessment
T-PEMD-90-4: Published: May 3, 1990. Publicly Released: May 3, 1990.
GAO discussed the implementation of its data collection system for technology transfer and demonstrated the feasibility of using that system to determine the impact of the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986. GAO found that: (1) its data collection system would provide Congress and the administration with extensive data covering federal agencies and their laboratories; (2) the system could pro...