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The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) manages inventions and copyrightable works developed by the UMass research community. TTO's goal is to benefit the public by moving technologies from our research labs to the marketplace through industry and startup companies.


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. 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. Read more FOR COMPANIES and Read more AVAILABLE FOR LICENSING

2.  Patenting Inventions and Helping Start New Companies

Biopharmaceuticals, artificial intelligence and green technology are but a few of the frontier fields in which university scientists make inventions today. Because of the high risk and the need to create new markets, starting new companies is often the best or sometimes the only way for them to reach the marketplace. This has led the TTO along with other UMass departments to create programs that encourage and assist faculty and students in starting new companies that can contribute to our global technology economy and engender a diverse innovation ecosystem in western Massachusetts and the Commonwealth. Read more START-UP COMPANIES


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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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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.
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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.