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in What We Do

We are a full service tech transfer office that provides a broad scope of activities to evaluate, protect, promote, and license University technology. In addition, we provide supplemental activities to help promote research faculty, develop graduate student talent, increase industry sponsored research activities and support university-affiliated start-ups.

Our Core Competencies

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Our Core Competencies


Technology Evaluation & Market Analysis

With market researching capabilities such as an IP analytics software platform and extensive library of market research reports across many industry sectors, we can evaluate your technology disclosure against the five risk elements for marketability and commercial adoption, and provide a detailed analysis. We can also provide a patent landscape report that identifies similar technologies and company profiles outlining potential competitors or commercialization partners.

Evaluation & Research Services

While this is not an exhaustive list, here are a few examples of ways that CURF can help evaluate your technology disclosure or a particular research direction.

  • Technology Evaluation & Patent Landscape Reports
  • Market Research and Analysis
    • Competitive Intelligence
    • Technical Reviews
    • Industry/Market trends

Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property Protection

Our core service is technology transfer. As Clemson University's designated commercialization agent, we encourage and assist in the disclosure and reporting of IP, evaluate commercial opportunity, protect through patenting or other means, and find opportunities for further development through sponsored research or licensing.

Technology Transfer Services

Below are a few examples of ways that CURF can help protect and mature your IP and assist you as you work through the technology transfer process.

  • Intellectual property, protection, and commercialization resources for Clemson faculty, staff and students
  • University IP Policy interpretation 
  • Technology transfer agreements during sponsored research, technology licensing agreements 
  • CURF Technology Maturation funding 
  • Access to external subject matter expert evaluation 

Promotion & Marketing

Not only can we help you evaluate and strengthen your idea, we can also help you promote and market your technology—and your own value as a researcher.

Promotion & Marketing Services

While this is not an exhaustive list, here are a few examples of ways that CURF can help you promote and market your technology.

  • Outreach & Website Promotion
    • Clemson research resources / capabilities
    • Technologies in IP portfolio
    • Researcher bio in showcase
  • Conference attendance & promotion
  • On-campus hosting of potential Industry partners and licensees
  • Site visits to potential industry research partners

Business Development & Technology Maturation Funding

CURF develops and maintains relationships with organizations that may provide research funding for Clemson researchers. Examples include: Economic Development Administration i6 and NIH NIGMS “Accelerator” grants. 

We also have our own competitive Technology Maturation Fund to help researchers mature their disclosed intellectual property in order to attract further sponsored funding or licensing opportunities.

Business Development Services

Here are a few examples of ways that CURF can help you as you work through the business development process.

  • Identifying and connecting to industry sponsors or collaborative research partners
  • Identifying SBIR & STTR funding opportunities
  • Providing letters of support for research and development funding from industry partners
  • Statement of work (SOW) development assistance
  • Subject matter expert evaluation of funding proposals
  • Providing assistance in drafting IP management plans, market & commercialization plans, and technology allocation plans for research proposals
  • Negotiating agreements related to ownership/inventorship of background and project generated intellectual property
  • Providing technology maturation funding
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