Technology Transfer Seminar

Intellectual Property Licensing at SRI International

by C. RAYMOND PERRAULT (SRI International)



SRI International is a not-for -profit organisation in Menlo Park, CA, USA, whose core business is contract research for government and industry. For about 15 years it has been increasingly involved in commercialising its intellectual property, through licensing and the creation of over a dozen-spin-off companies, mostly in information technology and biotechnology. We will examine the motivation for this activity, some of the mechanisms in place to accomplish it, including a royalty and equity sharing plan for staff members, and some of the implications of commercialisation on the management of intellectual property and on the conduct of ongoing research activities. C. Raymond Perrault is Director of SRI's Artificial Intelligence Centre and has been involved in SRI's commercialisation activities for over 10 years. His major research contributions are in natural language processing, speech act theory, discourse, planning, plan recognition and formal language theory. He has been Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, founding Principal of the Centre for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, President of the Association for Computational Linguistics and Chair of the Advisory Board of the AI and Robotics program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He received a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan. He is a Founding Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.
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