The Oregon Department of Justice, headed by Attorney General John Kroger, said last week that it has made changes to legal requirements that have been hindering technology transfer from schools within the state university system.

Along with other recent initiatives to boost entrepreneurship, tech transfer, and job creation in the state, the changes are expected to provide a boost to Oregon's economy by facilitating deals between Oregon universities and businesses, the Oregon DOJ said.

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