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THE TWO PATHS FROM LAB TO MARKET

 

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.

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Resources For
Inventors
Faculty inventors are our most important customers. We have simplified a number of procedures and are making policies more ‘faculty friendly,” and making interactions with faculty more personal.
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Artists
Authors, composers, artists, sculptors and architects also create valuable works that can benefit the public. We are developing a program that gives advice, guidance and perspective on how to protect and license their works.
Resources For
Companies
We will define product opportunities, identify which are relevant to your business, learn about your products, and consider how our technologies might enhance or expand your business.