Intellectual Property/ Technology Transfer - ISU Office of the Vice President for Research

Intellectual Property/ Technology Transfer

Iowa State University has a tradition of discovery and innovation. The university has a comprehensive system to assist ISU researchers with protection of intellectual property and technology commercialization. In addition to benefitting others, commercialization of technologies provides revenues that are shared between the inventor and the university. Iowa State uses such revenues to further its research and education missions.

Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

The Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (OIPTT) provides support services to the university community in matters related to intellectual property, serves as the first point of contact related to new innovations, markets the university's innovations, and negotiates agreements for transfer of the technology.

OIPTT is the first place to go when you have questions about or need assistance with technology transfer. If you are interested in starting a company based on a technology you have developed, OIPTT is also the place to start.

Iowa State University Research Foundation

When you have an invention or creation with the potential to be commercialized, you will assign your intellectual property (IP) to the Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. (ISURF). It is a non-profit Iowa corporation that was established in 1938 to manage intellectual property arising from research conducted at the university. ISURF is composed of a Board of Directors that has full power to manage, direct, and conduct the affairs and business of the corporation.

OIPTT and ISURF work hand-in-hand to commercialize technologies. 

To learn more about protecting and commercializing your intellectual property, use these links:

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