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Technology Partnership Ombudsman - Roles, Responsibilities, Authorities and Accountabilities

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for the performance of the Technology Partnership Ombudsman function at the national laboratories and facilities within the Department of Energy, and to implement the requirements of the Technology Transfer Commercialization Act of 2000.  Each national laboratory is required, and other facilities may be required, to appoint a technology partnership Ombudsman, often referred to as Technology Transfer Ombudsman, or TTO.  The TTO provides a arogrammatic focal point for helping to resolve complaints and disputes in the area of technology partnerships, patents, and technology licensing at the laboratory or facility. For additional information, see Appendix A, which summarizes the Act.  A Technology Transfer Coordinator, appointed by the Secretary of Energy, will oversee the activities of each TTO pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005).