OCR makes licensing decisions based on its professional judgment about technology transfer to achieve the best possible benefit to the public, without undue influence from internal or external parties.
OCR takes several steps to effectively transfer the technology while managing conflict of interest. First, OCR markets all Yale technology to ensure fair and open access to potential licensees – faculty startups should not receive or be perceived as receiving preferential treatment. Second, Yale faculty/employees are not allowed to represent the potential licensee and must not negotiate directly with OCR. Third, OCR licensing agreements may be exclusive or non-exclusive depending on what is most suitable for a given technology. Finally, the faculty member’s School Dean must review any actions that present a potential conflict of interest, specifically:
• If, after thorough marketing, OCR determines that a faculty-affiliated company is the appropriate licensee, then it documents its marketing results and summarizes the rationale for its licensing decision for the Deans.
• The faculty member must disclose any interest (consulting fees and/or stock options) in the startup to the Deans.
• The faculty member must agree to separate University responsibilities from company responsibilities according to the criteria listed under Faculty Responsibilities.
• OCR may proceed with licensing only if the conflict is deemed manageable by the Deans (based on the faculty member’s plan for separating responsibilities).