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Technology Transfer


     Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind like inventions, literary and artistic works used in commerce.  IP is divided into two categories:  Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs.  Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs. 

The transfer of the creation to market requires time and money.  In turn, technology transfer and commercialization services are offered for faculty, students, and staff of the university through a cooperative effort with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Penn State Research Foundation.

Technology transfer is the process of transferring scientific findings from one organization to another for the purpose of further development and commercialization. The process typically includes

 • Identifying new technologies
 • Protecting technologies through patents and copyrights
 • Forming development and commercialization strategies such as marketing and licensing to existing private sector 

Guidance and resources for student intellectual property, both academic and work related, are also available, including helpful guidance for student-business projects. See the PASSHE Technology Transfer and Commercialization website for more information.

Both faculty and students may be interested in the PASSHE IP Toolbox, which provides information modules about intellectual property (IP).

PASSHE provides the following information regarding IP:

• Technology Transfer and Commercialization Guide for PASSHE Faculty
• Technology Transfer and Commercialization Guide for PASSHE Non-Faculty
• Student Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization Guide
• PASSHE Tech Transfer – Student Process