Commercial Ventures & Intellectual Property

Commercial Ventures and IP Staff

Robert S.
MacWright, Ph.D., Esq.
Director
413-545-1587
Michael
Jaremchuk
Senior Licensing Officer
(413) 577-6121
Lyne
Laliberte
Manager, CVIP Operations & Patent Administration
(413) 545-3606
Ling X.
Shen
Senior Licensing Officer
(413) 545-5276
Burnley
Jaklevic
Senior Licensing Officer
413-577-0651
Maryanne
Laukaitis
CVIP Client Relations/Agreements
(413) 545-3606
Fred
Reinhart
Senior Advisor for Technology Transfer
313-530-9653

The office of Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) was established for all five campuses in September 1995 to commercialize University research. The Amherst office was founded in January 1997 to advance and broaden the Amherst campus’s potential intellectual property to commercial partners. The Central CVIP is located in Shrewsbury, MA where it is part of the President's Office.

CVIP at UMass Amherst is responsible for evaluating, protecting and commercializing UMass research that may have commercial value through licensing to startup companies and appropriate commercial firms. Additionally, we strive to create a customer-friendly system that assists faculty, staff and students in securing sponsored research funds and to transform their ideas, inventions and creative works into commercially viable products, processes and services that have economic payback to the inventors, the sponsors and the university. A complimentary objective is to create a business and industry-friendly system that promotes research collaboration at UMass Amherst and subsequent commercialization of valuable inventions. Click here to go to our Available Technologies database.

CVIP also manages the patenting process, working with outside patent counsel to protect University intellectual property (IP) in the United States and abroad.

CVIP’s other responsibilities include:

  • Review and execution of Materials Transfer Agreements (MTAs) to ensure protection of University's IP, and to protect the institution against improper use of our researchers' material
  • Review and execution of Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs)
  • Assisting in the documentation of Invention Disclosures
  • Proactively marketing UMass technology
  • Negotiating the "best deal" via University agreements (licenses, options, etc.)
  • Assisting with contacts and business plan advice on the creation of new businesses within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
     
  • Assisting the Office of Grants and Contracts Administration (OGCA) with the intellectual property clauses for Sponsored Research Agreements

 

Contact Us
Commercial Ventures & Intellectual Property
Arnold House, Second Floor
Amherst, MA 01003

Main Phone 413-545-3606
Fax 413-577-0216

cvip@research.umass.edu