Technology Transfer

What is Technology Transfer?

Technology transfer refers to the process of moving technology, created through research and creative inquiry, out of the laboratory and into commercial markets. CURF facilitates this process by taking assignment of inventions, obtaining intellectual property protection, working with faculty to evaluate the commercial potential of discoveries, and licensing Clemson University intellectual property to the private sector through licensing agreements.

Licensing agreements grant rights of a technology to a third party (the licensee) for a defined period of time, often limited to a particular field of use, region of the world, and or number of years. License agreements include terms that require the licensee to meet certain performance obligations and to make financial payments back to CURF.  Any revenues received from licensing activities are distributed in accordance with Clemson’s Intellectual Property Policy.

License agreements can be made with existing companies or startup ventures.  We invite you to view our current portfolio of available technologies.


The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to supporting and advancing academic technology transfer. View their video below to learn more about the technology transfer process and our job as a technology transfer office.