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Protecting Your Research

Patents, intellectual property, inventions, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, consulting agreements and export controls fall under the domain of the Technology Transfer Office.

Export Controls- Contact Jason McDevitt

Foreign travel destination laws and restrictions are also an ever-changing set of federal regulations. Penalties for failure to comply with current US foreign export laws and policies can be significant and should be avoided. Please help us comply with current law by contacting the Technology Transfer Office promptly if you are considering such activities or otherwise intend to do business with a foreign entity.

If you are planning to ship or received any materials to or from a foreign entity or destination, notify the Technology Transfer Office, Jason McDevitt,  as early as possible in the process and prior to the start of any such transaction so that he may assist you. Conducting any business with certain foreign parties can lead to serious ramifications for you personally and/or William & Mary per federal law. 

Also, if you intend to collaborate or work with foreign faculty or students while working at William & Mary, please contact Jason McDevitt as soon as possible.

Before you begin your project or conduct any business with a foreign national or entity, contact  Transfer Technology so that parties and/or materials will be screened with which you intend to do business, no matter how benign the material or project may appear.

If you or any William & Mary equipment assigned to you (included laptops, cell phones, and other electronics) are planning to travel to a foreign destination for 12 months or less, please contact the Transfer Technology Office.

Please Note:

  • If you and/or your electronic equipment are leaving the country for greater than 12 months, please contact Transfer Technology promptly and directly.
  • Also, if the equipment is encrypted (including laptop software), might have military applications, or is otherwise "high tech" beyond normal office "Tools of Trade" applications, please contact the office of Transfer Technology promptly and directly.

Your assistance in helping to keep William & Mary in compliance with federal regulations is appreciated.