Universities are major sources of fundamental knowledge underlying the new products and processes essential to economic competitiveness. In this context, facilitating the process whereby university creative and scholarly works may be put to public use and/or commercial application (i.e., "technology transfer") is an important aspect of the service mission of a public university. In turn, the protection of concepts with commercial potential (inventions or creations) via patents and copyrights is an essential aspect of the technology transfer process. Without such protection, companies are unlikely to invest the funds required to commercialize new technology.
This document is intended to serve as a practical guide – a road map -- on technology transfer as it relates to policies and procedures for PASSHE University non-faculty personnel who may be in a position to make, conceive or otherwise reduce to practice inventions or otherwise develop technology, which includes:
· Staff, including managers, administrators and all other staff classifications (excluding clerical and non-technical personnel)
· Students who are employed or otherwise compensated at their university through mechanisms such as tuition waivers, wage payroll, graduate assistantships, or other employment classifications used when hiring students (excluding clerical and non-technical personnel)
· Other Covered Individuals including emeritus/retired faculty, visiting scholars/scientists, contract employees, consultants and others engaged in research at the University who are not permanent or temporary faculty, employees or students
Tenured, probationary non-tenured, and non-tenure track faculty should consult the Faculty Technology Transfer Guide. Students who are not employed or otherwise compensated for services at their university should consult the Student Technology Transfer Guide.
· Disclosure of Inventions Overview
· Ownership Overview