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The University of Michigan Faculty Handbook

7.F Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer and the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

The overall objective of the technology transfer activities of the University as managed by the Office of Technology Transfer is to effectively pass University technologies to the market so as to generate benefits for the University, the community and the general public.
The Office of Technology Transfer offers a full set of services to ensure effective technology transfer that includes those below.

  • Technology transfer process
  • Patents and other legal protection
  • General start-up information
  • Options for commercialization
  • Royalties and revenue

OTT is located in Building 520 on the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) and offers a satellite office in the College of Engineering. Its staff includes licensing professionals, new business development consultants, attorneys and support personnel who work closely with the Division for Research Development and Administration (ORSP), the Office of the General Counsel, departments, and schools and colleges. The OTT reports to the vice president for research.
University employees have an obligation to disclose to OTT any intellectual property developed or discovered as described in Regents bylaw 3.10. OTT will promptly review disclosures to advise the inventor(s) of appropriate options for commercialization, as well as any other questions relating to intellectual property resulting from University research.

Additional information, including the University’s current policy on intellectual property, can be found at < >or by contacting the College of Engineering Satellite Office.

Ownership of scholarly works, textbooks, software, and other copyrighted material created by University employees is defined in the University of Michigan Copyright Policy at <>.

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