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Intellectual Property & Commercialization Training Modules (Online)

Intellectual Property & Commercialization Training Modules

Have you discovered something? Do you understand the patenting process? Inventions can have tremendous commercial value if appropriately evaluated, nurtured, and supported. However, most scientists and physicians do not always have the knowledge necessary to take an idea from original discovery through the licensing and commercialization process.

To accelerate the pace at which discoveries move from the laboratory into the community, the CTSI’s Regional Intellectual Property and Commercialization Initiative (Regional IPCI) has developed a series of web-based video learning modules designed to introduce researchers to the technology transfer process.

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Laura Savatski
Technology Transfer Officer, Blood Research Institute
(414) 937-3833


Katherine Durben
Executive Director, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, MU
(414) 288-5470


Jessica Silvaggi
Licensing Manager, UWM Research Foundation
(414) 906-4654


Kalpa Vithalani
Licensing Manager, Office of Technology Development, MCW
(414) 955-4884

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Researchers will find answers to many questions on Early Stage Protection, including:

Your Technology Transfer Office is interested in patenting those inventions with commercial value. If you have developed something, or are working on something that might have wider use or have the potential to be more broadly applied, it could be of commercial interest for public...

Establishing a timeline for your invention is important and it may influence patentability in the US and foreign countries. Your Technology Transfer Office will help you in developing a timeline. Keep extensive notebooks that can be saved and tracked; these should include any facts or circumstances...

Download a PowerPoint presentation that outlines the legal aspects of the patent process. How do I protect my invention? First and foremost it is important to protect your invention by filing an application BEFORE publically disclosing your idea. In many cases, public disclosure can kill your chances of...

The technology transfer office considers you a partner in the process. Both the inventors and the technology transfer office staff have distinct responsibilities. Inventor responsibilities Disclose inventions to the tech transfer office. Assign (or give ownership) of your invention to your employing institution. Submit all relevant data and materials...

There may be funding sources out there for your project that you didn’t know about. For example, the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Tech Transfer Research Programs. Both of these grants support a researcher and a US small business working in collaboration. Successful...

Industry and academic institutions can make great partners. In collaboration, they can help accelerate the move from basic science into product introduction which is the goal of translational science. But, there are a few key factors you should consider before finding an industry partner. The...

Inventorship is governed by strict legal rules. It is important that the list of inventors submitted with a patent application be accurate and complete. A U.S. patent that fails to properly identify the “true” inventors is invalid. Furthermore, an error in inventorship can lead to...

The America Invents Act, (also called the AIA), implemented the new “first-inventor-to-file” patent system in the United States as of March 16, 2013. This act changed how publications are considered and how public disclosure of an invention can affect your ability to get a patent on...

There are key steps in protecting your intellectual property or developing a product, intervention or new therapeutic to bring to market. But, there are also some common mistake or oversights investigators should be aware of to be successful in the translational science practices. [prettyfilelink size="26 kB"...

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


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