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Roles and Responsibilities

Introduction

The process of technology commercialization in universities can be fairly complex, and at its best, involves a close collaboration between the university’s commercialization staff and the technology’s inventors to effectively transfer the technology to a commercial partner.  The table below identifies the different steps in the commercialization process, and who plays key roles in successfully navigating them.

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RESPONSIBILITIES OF OTC STAFF AND INVENTORS

 

OTC

Inventors

Identify research program likely to produce results of commercial interest

X

X

Disclose research results to OTC

 

X

Inventor-OTC dialogue about disclosure

X

X

Assess disclosure for patentability and commercialization

X

 

Provide feedback to inventors about assessment

X

 

Select and pay patent counsel to prepare and file patent application for select inventions

X

 

Assist counsel with patent prosecution

X

X

Sign documents required for patenting and licensing

X

X

Provide copies of references and supporting materials for patent prosecution

 

X

Prepare non-confidential information

X

X

Market technology

X

X

Negotiate Option/License Agreement

X

 

Provide feedback to faculty on status of licensing

X

 

Sign license

X

 

Fulfill Drexel COI reporting obligation

 

X

Facilitate "transfer" of technology from Drexel to licensee, as appropriate

X

X

Monitor license agreement, pay ongoing patent maintenance fees, and distribute net income in accordance with Patent and Copyright Policies

X

 

Report invention to sponsor

X

X