Technology Transfer Process

We’ve outlined what you can expect during the processes of disclosing, protecting and commercializing your intellectual property. Individual processes vary depending on the evaluation outcomes.

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Getting Started

Start the protection process by disclosing your intellectual property to Utah State University. After disclosure, the Technology Transfer Services team will research related third party property and your invention’s market potential to help inform how to best protect it. With a plan ready, the team will meet with you to review your invention and next steps.

Evaluation can result in one of three decisions.


After evaluation, protecting your intellectual property could involve several steps. The protection strategy might include filing a patent application in the United States or internationally, registering trademarks or copyrights, or formulating a plan to keep trade secrets from entering the public domain.

Unlike many universities, Utah State’s Technology Transfer Services staff have access to two in-house intellectual property attorneys and a paralegal. Protecting new intellectual property within USU, without outside law firms and directly with Utah State creators streamlines the protection process. The Technology Transfer Services office protects both USU’s and inventors’ interests with the most appropriate agreements for your property.

Intellectual property can be patented and/or commercialized.


Intellectual property can be patented and/or commercialized. In time, commercialization can lead to revenue generation and distribution.