Public Comment Requested for Manufacturing Network’s Suggested Metrics, IP Guidelines

Nov 16, 2013

The federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) has issued for public comment draft performance metrics and intellectual-property-management guidelines for President Obama’s proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

The draft metrics for the NNMI* are intended to be used in evaluating how effectively the network’s planned Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation meet their performance objectives. Metrics are suggested in six performance areas: impact, industry value, education and workforce development, portfolio, financial, and network contribution.

The draft guidelines on intellectual-property rights** address the primary legal issues that the institutes will confront in managing inventions that result from institute-enabled work. It covers three levels of intellectual-property concerns: project-specific, institute rights, and government rights and interests. The draft guidelines are intended to provide flexibility to the institutes in designing their intellectual-property-management plans.

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