Types of Intellectual Property

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What is a patent?


A US patent is a right to prevent others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing their invention, within the US, for a certain period of time - usually 20 years from the filing date.

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What is a trademark?


A trademark is a symbol, word, phrase, or design that identifies and distinguishes the goods or services of one company or organization from those of another.

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What is a copyright?


A copyright is a legal protection that gives the creator of an original work the exclusive right to control how that work is used and distributed.

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What are trade secrets and proprietary info?

Trade secrets and proprietary information refer to confidential and valuable information that is not publicly disclosed and gives an organization a competitive advantage.

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Technology Transfer Life Cycle

The technology transfer life cycle is critical for research institutions to incentivize innovation and bring new technologies to the world.

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Bring your creations to life and profit from your innovation

Contributor and TTC collaboration opens the door to lucrative opportunites.  Contributors share in the revenue received for commercialized innovations.

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You are crucial to the commercialization process

You support the process by:

  • Disclosing innovations as soon as possible with our online form.
  • Identifying companies that may be interested in the innovation.
  • Documenting your development and being responsive to questions from the TTC.
  • Planning publication of innovations with the TTC.
  • Participating in the marketing of products resulting from your innovation.