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The Technology Transfer Process

CURF is here to protect your IP and add value to your project. You can engage with us at any point during your research, but we recommend contacting our offices early. We can help you avoid challenges and pitfalls that may compromise your ability to protect your IP.


The 2/2/2 Framework

About our Process

We guide you through the technology transfer process quickly and transparently. We aim for a 2/2/2 framework: 2 days until our initial response to your official invention disclosure, 2 weeks until your first inventor meeting, 2 months to our final invention evaluation decision.

An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started.
- Tim O'Reilly


Step 1

Submit an Invention Disclosure

The first step in the technology transfer process is a completed Invention Disclosure Form.

The more information you provide to us upfront, the more quickly we will be able to evaluate your inquiry and provide service. You will receive an electronic notice that the disclosure has been accepted when all required information has been received.

Disclose An Invention


Step 2

Assigning Your Disclosure

Next, we assign your disclosure to a Technology Commercialization Officer (TCO) for review.

Disclosures processed the previous week are presented and assigned every week.


Step 3

The Inventor/TCO Meeting

We’ll contact you to schedule a meeting with your Technology Commercialization Officer.

We'll contact you for a meeting with a Technology Commercialization Officer (TCO) within two weeks of the official disclosure acknowledgement. Your TCO meeting is an informal, confidential discovery session that helps us learn more about your IP, your goals as a researcher, and possible commercial applications for your technology.


Step 4

Invention Evaluation

The CURF team evaluates your IP.

Our evaluation is based on many factors, including patentability, marketability, and potential ROI. During the evaluation process, we give you the opportunity to provide more information if questions arise. We won’t leave you in the dark; you’ll receive our thorough evaluation whether or not we choose to move forward with commercialization efforts, including formal intellectual property protection (e.g. patent prosecution, copyright registration).


Step 5

Moving Forward / Inventor Pitch

If we decide to move forward, we will invite you back to our office to pitch your technology.

You’ll have the opportunity to pitch to the CURF team and outside subject matter experts. To help you, we provide a presentation template to follow as well as our feedback and any market research data we have gathered. Our hope for this pitch meeting is that, together, we can identify the best path forward.


Step 6

Obtaining the Patent & Licensing Agreement

At this point, the process becomes completely collaborative.

We identify a patent attorney most suited to work with you on crafting the patent application. After filing the application, we work with you to identify the best path forward to mature the technology toward licensing and commercialization.


Step 7

Ongoing Collaboration

This is the fun part - visualizing your IP entering the marketplace.

We seek licensees that can collaborate with you to further develop the technology and introduce the technology to market. We also handle all compliance related to the license: collecting licensing fees and royalties, ensuring non-financial adherence to non-financial obligations, and distributing any licensing and royalty income (per the University Intellectual Property Policy).

Next Steps

Contact CURF

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