The US-CEC at WVU and WVU's National Research Center for Coal and Energy created a team of U.S. universities, national laboratories, and energy companies who competed for the opportunity to conduct the U.S. China Clean Energy Research Center Advanced Coal program of the U.S. Department of Energy.
That team - the US Advanced Coal Technology Consortium - was selected to conduct the U.S. portion of the world's leading, bi-lateral energy research agreement formally known as the U.S.-China Protocol for Cooperation on Clean Energy Research Center.
The US ACTC is a featured program of WVU's Advanced Energy Initiative .
Among the U.S. members are:
The US ACTC will be joining their colleagues in the China ACTC to:
In August 2011, the US and China consortia signed the Technology Management Plan that includes a groundbreaking agreement for handling intellectual property.
Participants will enter traditional commercial contracts to set the terms and to allocate their rights to, and royalties from, any intellectual property that they create, subject to certain terms required by the respective governments.
Under certain circumstances inventors must negotiate licenses to ensure both countries benefit from their inventions. The inventing entity can set the terms of the license; for example, they can limit the use of the invention or receive royalties, but they are required to negotiate a license in good faith.
The plan also ensures that CERC participants in such negotiations will get a more favorable deal than those not involved in CERC. These license requirements ensure both countries benefit from all CERC innovations, the key goal for the CERC.