TTO Processes

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

Industry liaison
Researchers are encouraged to contact TTO when discovering an invention with commercial potential

  1. Needs assessment
  2. Search of expertise
    • TTO 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 TTO 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) & TTO to clarify how TTO 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.
    • 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
    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