Commercialize Your Technology

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Helpful Documents

Elements of a Commercialization Plan (PDF)

Inventing the Future: An Introduction to Patents for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (PDF) – This guide explains the basics of patents and benefits of the them for all types of enterprises.

Successful Technology Licensing (PDF) – A booklet from the World Intellectual Property Organization that provides guidance on how to prepare for and conduct licensing negotiations.

The Licensing Decision: Helping you find your way through the licensing process (PDF) – A guide prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy to help you find your way through the licensing process.


Online Resources

Small Business Technology Resources Network (TECH-net) – A gateway of technology information and resources for and about high tech businesses.

Commercializing Your Technology

What is Intellectual Property?

Patent Protection – Introductory information on obtaining a patent.

How to Get a Patent – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office grants three types of patents. Learn about each of these types and how to file an application.

Process for Obtaining a Patent – Step-by-step process of the steps in the patenting process.

Making a Mark: An Introduction to Trademarks for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (PDF) – This guide explains trademark basics from business perspective.

Trademark Process – Learn how to protect your brand name by registering a trademark or service mark.

Sirti – Accelerates innovative companies to success by delivering entrepreneurial coaching, low and no-cost business services, access to capital, and legal services.

University of Pennsylvania – Center for Technology Transfer – The Mission of CTT is to transfer inventions and innovative knowledge to outside organizations for the benefit of society.

Overview of SBIR and STTR Grants

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) – A program that encourages small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) – Funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena.