It is important that everyone understands what “technology” means in the context of Technology Transfer. Anything novel with some kind of translational potential – no matter how vague and abstract at its inception – is considered a new technology! It can be as obscure as a theoretical concept of a new treatment method, or as concrete as a structurally novel chemical compound with biological activities. Whatever the case may be, pick up the phone or send us an email – we welcome any and all opportunities to answer your questions and help guide you through the process! After all…that is what we’re here for! See our web site for methods of contacting us.
At one time, there was a misconception that disclosing a technology to OTT would preclude a researcher from publishing his findings until a patent application was published. This is not true. We strongly encourage our researchers to consult with us prior to any public disclosure in order to secure intellectual property protection, if appropriate. A public disclosure can be a submitted abstract, a poster displayed in a public place, a presentation given to a non-University audience, a manuscript sent for peer review, a grant application, or a casual conversation with an industry representative. Once disclosure occurs, many intellectual property rights are forfeited. Not only will this reduce the potential value of the technology, it may limit your rights to practice your own invention. We are here to help you – not get in your way. OTT will work with you to ensure that proper IP protection strategies are in place in advance of your intended date of public disclosure.