Office of Technology Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer

The Technology Commercialization Office functions as a "cradle to grave" manager for OSU inventions. We are responsible for handling all patent and licensing activities, distribution of royalties, and payments received related to industrial partnerships.

Upon disclosure of a technology to our office, we assess its patentability and commercial potential by evaluating the technology from a business perspective, looking at the prior literature to determine if patent rights exist, and performing a preliminary search for potential commercial partners. We are responsible for working with patent counsel for all the filings and prosecution of the patent application.

We market the invention, seeking industrial partners for further development and commercialization of the technology. This may be in the form of an outright license, sponsored research agreement, or in some cases, formation of a spin-off company.

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