About the Office of Technology Transfer

 

The Office of Technology Transfer manages The University of Texas Medical Branch's Intellectual property assets, while promoting and encouraging scientific research. The Office of Technology Transfer offers the following services to UTMB's researchers:

Intellectual Property Management

Invention identification and disclosure facilitation, selection of appropriate protection (patent, trademark, copyright, etc.), patentability and commercialization assessments, commercialization development plans and implementation, UTMB committee administration, interaction with external advisors and patent counsel, agreement compliance monitoring, receipt and distribution of royalty receipts and patent expenditures.

Marketing and Licensing of UTMB's Intellectual Property

Invention disclosure market assessments, monitoring conditions and changes to the various market segments, preparation and distribution of technology listings for industry review, active identification of industrial licensees, partners and collaborators, representation at local and regional technology transfer and commercialization seminars and workshops.

Agreement Negotiation

Drafting and negotiation of material transfer, confidential disclosure, license, option and sponsored research agreements with industry, including SBIR-funded agreements.

Commercialization

Identifying competing and complementary technologies of interest, assisting in business plan development, establishing new business entities or vehicles for technology transfer, management of the OTT technology incubator.

Business Development and Collaboration

Identification of commercial partners, cultivation of industrial relationships, introductions for start-up companies to corporate and venture capital personnel.

Training and Workshops

Training and education provided by both internal and external constituents regarding intellectual property, associated protection, management, policy and procedure development and facilitation. Provide guidance and updates on changes concerning intellectual property.