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Developing and commercializing sustainable new wood products : a process for identifying viable products.Author(s): Gordon A. Enk; Stuart L. Hart
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. FPL-136. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2003. 46 pages.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionA process was designed to evaluate the sustainability and potential marketability of USDA Forest Service patented technologies. The process was designed and tested jointly by the University of North Carolina, the University of Michigan, Partners for Strategic Change, and the USDA Forest Service. Two technologies were evaluated: a fiber-based product and a wood fiber/fiberglass composite technology. The results indicate several different ways in which the technologies might be exploited to produce new commercial products for both domestic and international markets, through licensing of the patents and other agency/industry partnerships. This report represents the initial effort by the Forest Service to work in partnership with business schools to evaluate the commercial potential of patented agency technologies and locate potential licensees and cooperators interested in utilizing the technologies. The Forest Service will seek additional cooperative ventures with university business schools to develop business plans for other patented, but as yet unlicensed, technologies as the next step in the process of commercializing these technologies.
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CitationEnk, Gordon A.; Hart, Stuart L., eds. 2003. Developing and commercializing sustainable new wood products : a process for identifying viable products. Gen. Tech. Rep. FPL-136. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2003. 46 pages.
KeywordsFiber-based products, wood fiber/fiberglass composite.
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