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Introduction to Student Technology Transfer

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 academic work of PASSHE University students, which include:

·         Undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students

·         Full-time and part-time students

Staff and student employees, emeritus/retired faculty, visiting scholars/scientists, contract employees, consultants and others engaged in research at the University should consult the Non-Faculty Technology Transfer Guide. Tenured, probationary non-tenured, and non-tenure track faculty should consult the Faculty Technology Transfer Guide.

·         Goals

·         Inventions Overview