Mark Foley, Technology Commercialization Manager at the Technology Transfer Office, visited Dr. Luke Pittaway’s MGT 3720 class today and gave a brief presentation on how inventors can go about getting protection for their inventions. Foley talked to the students about the four main categories of intellectual property (IP); Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets. He then briefly talked about the details of each of these categories, as well as the pros and cons of using them. Foley also talked about the process in which an inventor would file for one of these protections. He wrapped up the presentation by answering some questions surrounding different aspects of IP.
The Technology Transfer Office’s mission is to facilitate the transfer of intellectual property to business and industry through the development and management of high-quality portfolio of diverse technologies; ensure intellectual property rights; negotiate and execute licensing agreements; and, when feasible, assist in the formation of start-up businesses that utilize the university’s technology in order to provide benefits to the university as well as the regional economy.