1. Patenting and Licensing to Existing Companies
Patenting and licensing inventions to existing companies is more important than ever. Established companies have ready resources and existing market presence, so licensing to such companies is often the fastest way to reach the public square. In addition, established companies often sponsor research projects related to their product interests, and licenses to patents from such projects can lead to product sales, profits and stockholder value. See FOR COMPANIES and AVAILABLE FOR LICENSING above.
2. Patenting Inventions and Helping Start New Companies
Nanomaterials, biopharmaceuticals, atomic-scale computing, and artificial intelligence are but a few of the frontier fields in which university scientists make inventions today, and creating new companies is often the only way for them to reach the marketplace. This need has led the UMass Amherst TTO to create programs that encourage faculty and students to start new companies and build new markets that contribute to our technology economy. See START-UP COMPANIES above.