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Office of Technology Transfer

Evaluation of invention disclosures

The Office of Technology Transfer considers a number of aspects of each invention disclosure to determine the viability of the disclosure for commercialization.  These include:

  • Does the university own the technology?
  • Do provisions of a Material Transfer Agreement or funding agreement (Sponsored Project Agreement, Clinical Study Agreement, etc.) govern or restrict our rights in this invention?
  • Can the invention be protected through legal means such as through the Patent and Trademark Office's criteria for a patentable invention?
  • Is UTPA willing and able to enforce its patent rights that cover the invention?
  • Can this invention lead to one or more commercial products?
  • Is the invention well developed, or will it require significant additional research?
  • How big is the potential market?
  • What competitive advantages would this new product(s) have in the marketplace over competing products or technologies?
  • Are there significant limitations to the technology?

The answers to these questions will determine if the university will seek legal protection and market the invention.