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What is Technology Transfer?
Formal technology transfer moves innovation into public use by identifying and creating channels for relationships between university innovators and industry, for investment and for development of user communities.
How can we help you?
Members of the public or industry:
Our office helps develop and maintain relationships between UO researchers and members of the public and industry involving use, development, or investment in UO innovation. We make these connections throughout the research and commercialization cycle by providing licenses or permissions to the intellectual property rights in UO innovation.
More information is available on the Industry & the Public page or you may contact us. For a quick tour, browse the Innovation Catalog or Express Licensing portal to obtain access to UO innovations such as software, data management programs, or biological materials.
Members of the UO Community:
We partner with UO staff, faculty and students at various stages of the innovation process to help develop teaching and research artifacts into tools for direct use by the research community, or into bases for new platforms, products or services to be made available by industry in the future.
Our staff can help you create Intellectual Property Plans and Project Rules to manage innovation in support of your teaching, research and publication. We will work with you to create and execute on models that enable the distribution of your innovative work, whether through non-exclusive licensing programs, licensing to industry, or through the formation of a startup company that will bring new technology to the marketplace.
We also assist the exchange of information between UO researchers and industry. Confidentiality Agreements or Non-Disclosure Agreements can be used to manage access to UO information (as well as receipt of outside information) or to enable a plan for commercialization of your work. Similarly, Material Transfer Agreements may be used to exchange proprietary materials such as cell lines, antibodies or plasmids, while ensuring proper use, attribution and compliance with obligations to sponsors or the original provider of the materials.
At the appropriate time, we work with UO innovators to complete and submit a formal report (disclosure) to our office so that we may seek or clear title to intellectual property rights in support of an innovation management strategy, license UO innovation to the public and industry, or ensure compliance with federal and other applicable laws and regulations.
Regardless of where you are in your research or teaching program, we would be happy to talk with you about your project and your plans for bringing your work into greater use!