As MSU’s technology transfer office, MSU Technologies (MSUT) works with MSU faculty members and researchers on the licensing and commercialization of inventions and copyrightable materials developed at the university. Our goal is to move MSU’s technologies from the lab to the marketplace to advance the common good.
Since the office was formed in 2007, MSUT has successfully negotiated nearly 100 licenses with companies such as the Garmon Corporation, Pearson Education, BASF Plant Science Company, and Michigan Crop Improvement Association. These licenses provide revenue to both the researcher and the university and fund additional research and education.
Technology Transfer Process
The first step in the technology transfer process is to complete an invention disclosure form. The form should be filed shortly after the invention or copyrightable work is conceived to comply with applicable laws, contractual obligations, and MSU policies.
Other Areas Where We Can Help
Other areas where MSUT staff can assist MSU faculty include:
- facilitating material transfer and confidential disclosure agreements (MTA/CDA)
- protecting inventions by filing patent applications for those technologies identified to have commercial promise
- providing information and resources for starting a company based on a technology
- applying for research funding