TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND COMMERCIALIZATION
Technology transfer is an important part of the research process. Technology transfer may take the form of commercializing a product you have developed, licensing new manufacturing techniques or software for use in industry, or developing research partnerships that allow further study into your specific areas of research.
OVPRI assists researchers by providing the following services:
- Evaluation of the technology
- Studies to determine market potential
- Assistance with applications for patents and other forms of IP protection
- Marketing inventions
- Negotiating licensing agreements
In addition we can also help you obtain funding for proof-of-concept studies that may be needed to make your technology more appealing to the market, or to find industrial research partners who share an interest in your technology.
Services are free to members of the Ryerson community whose invention arose out of University research. If Ryerson decides that your technology is one that we would like to be involved in marketing, we will even cover the cost of protecting and marketing it. All we ask in return is to share in the benefits down the road if the technology is successful. You always have the option of pursuing commercialization on your own, in which case you are responsible for any fees that are incurred. Please note that even if you decide to do this, Ryerson policy still requires that you file an invention disclosure with OVPRI. To file, please use the invention disclosure form (doc).
For more information regarding Technology Transfer or IP-related issues, please contact Jennifer MacInnis, Senior Director, Applied Research and Commercialization, and Legal Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are five main categories of Intellectual Property (IP) protection available to researchers: patents, copyrights, trademarks, industrial designs, and integrated circuit topographies. The following information describes what type(s) of IP can be protected by each category: