Partnerships & Innovation Processes

Industry liaison | New invention process | Entrepreneurial talent & new ventures

Industry liaison
Researchers are encouraged to contact Partnerships & Innovation when discovering an invention with commercial potential

  1. Needs assessment
  2. Search of expertise
    • Partnerships & Innovation technology manager.
    • Identification of a suitable researcher.
  3. Project scoping
  4. Project execution 
  5. Add value to products and services

New invention process
Inventors are encouraged to contact Partnerships & Innovation when discovering an invention with commercial potential

    U of M undergrad & graduate student
    U of M researcher, associate professor, professor, research associate, and postdocs.
    U of M technician

  1. Initial meeting (needs assessment)
    • Pre disclosure a meeting between inventor(s) & Partnerships & Innovation to clarify how Partnerships & Innovation Office can meet inventor’s needs.
    • Discuss possible protection of invention &/or potential commercialization.
  2. Disclosure
  3. Evaluation
  4. Protection of Intellectual Property (IP)
    • Legal protection of IP for the invention/technology (i.e. patenting).
    • This process often takes several years & thousands of dollars.
    • Related documents: Intellectual property (IP) policy.
  5. Marketing
    • Development of a marketing plan with the inventor.
    • Identification & contacting of prospective partners.
    • Advertisement of the invention/technology to potential partners.
  6. Commercial partnership
    • Licensing of the invention, technology license agreement. (doc)
    • Potential research collaboration.
    • Post/license follow-up (incl. administration of revenues/royalties).
    • If no partner is found, as post-marketing assessment is done. Invention may be returned to the inventor.
    • Related documents: Intellectual property (IP) policy.
  7. Public benefit

Entrepreneurial talent & new ventures

    U of M undergrad & graduate student (pdf)
    U of M researcher, associate professor, professor, research associate, and postdocs.
    U of M technician

  1. Initial meeting (technology assessment)
    • Suitability assessment for a start-up venture.
  2. Connection to local resources
  3. Licensing collaboration
  4. Public benefit