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Technology Transfer Ombuds

NREL's Technology Transfer Ombuds offers an informal process to help resolve issues and concerns regarding the laboratory's technology partnership, patent, and licensing activities. As a designated neutral party, our ombuds provides confidential, resolution-focused services.

Through the ombuds process, we encourage collaborative techniques such as mediation to facilitate the speedy and low-cost resolution of complaints and disputes, when appropriate.

The NREL Ombuds does not:

  • Handle contract negotiation or other legal issues
  • Act as a decision maker or draw conclusions
  • Investigate or make formal recommendations on findings of fact.

The ombuds also does not replace, override, or influence formal review or appeal mechanisms, or serve as an intermediary when legal action is involved or when legal counsel represents a party.


If you'd like to discuss an issue or concern about our technology transfer activities, contact NREL's Ombuds Donna Louden. For all other technology transfer inquiries, see Technology Transfer Contacts.