The technology commercialization process begins with scientific research performed by University faculty, graduate students and undergraduates. The goal is to make this research relevant by creating new products and services that benefit the public.

Invention Disclosure

Researchers file an invention disclosure with the Office of Research Commercialization, providing information that allows Office of Research Commercialization to evaluate the research and its potential for commercialization.

The e-Disclosure Portal is authenticated through UNITY, and will allow users to electronically create, sign, and submit disclosures for new inventions, software, plant varieties, and copyrighted works.

This portal is powered by KSS TechTracS® and has been optimized for Google Chrome®.

Assessment and Market Analysis

Office of Research Commercialization assesses disclosed research to determine whether it has market potential, and conducts a market analysis to determine whether there is a customer need.


If the Office of Research Commercialization finds that the research has commercial potential, it protects the opportunity by filing for intellectual property protection.


Office of Research Commercialization will proactively seek industry partners who may be interested in the disclosed invention based on its understanding of what a company’s needs may be.


Through successful marketing efforts, licensing negotiations can begin with an existing business or a startup business for use of University-owned intellectual property.


At this stage of the process, a company or organization brings a product or service to market. This commitment requires funding for product/service development, launch, and marketing.

Revenue / Jobs

The ultimate goal of research and innovation is job creation, new product creation, and revenue growth, which benefits industry, government, and society as a whole.