Technology Transfer:

Technology transfer is a process through which technical information and products developed by the Federal government are provided to potential users in a manner that encourages and accelerates their evaluation and/or use. Usually the Federal government is a state operated university or college that develops some sort of technology and thus owns the intellectual property rights for that technology. Typically the University is not in the position to manufacture, distribute or market the technology. This intellectual property called “the technology” is transferred or licensed to a private company it is in a position to manufacture, market and sell the intellectual property. Technology transfer can also occur between private concerns.

Term Of A Patent:

Subject to the payment of fees as mandated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a patent grant shall be for a term beginning on the date on which the patent issues and ending 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, if the application contains a specific reference to an earlier filed application or applications, from the date on which the earliest such application was filed. A design patent has a term of fourteen (14) years from the date of grant.

Terminal Disclaimer:

also “TD”: a statement filed by an owner under 35 USC § 253 (paragraph 2) and 37 CFR § 1.321(b) or (c) to disclaim or dedicate to the public the entire term or any portion of the term of a patent or patent to be granted. A TD may be filed for the purpose of overcoming a judicially created double patenting rejection.

Termination Proceedings:

In each of the following situations, proceedings are terminated:

(A) When the issue fee is not paid and the application is abandoned for failure to pay the issue fee, proceedings are terminated as of the date the issue fee was due and the application is the same as if it were abandoned after midnight on that date (but if the issue fee is later accepted, on petition, the application is revived).

(B) If an application is in interference wherein all the claims present in the application correspond to the counts and the application loses the interference as to all the claims, then proceedings on that application are terminated as of the date appeal or review by civil action was due if no appeal or civil action was filed.

(C) Proceedings are terminated in an application after decision by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

(D) Proceedings are terminated after a decision by the court.

Trade Secret:

Information that companies keep secret to give them an advantage over their competitors.

Trade Show:

A convention at which related companies show, promote and compare products, services and ideas to the industry or public.