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Seeking an innovation enthusiast to join our Technology Manager team!

The Office of Technology Management is seeking a Technology Manager to facilitate commercialization of University technologies in the Life Sciences. 

From the director

Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois has earned a reputation of international stature. Our distinguished faculty, outstanding resources, and depth of research disciplines all contribute to a world-class institution.

At the Office of Technology Management, our purpose is to provide responsive, professional services to ensure the results of this research are successfully transferred outside the University to drive economic growth in the State of Illinois and benefit the general public.

This web site provides resources and guidance for our inventors and business partners as well as provides a medium for publicizing technologies that are available for licensing. If we can be of help, do not hesitate to contact our office.

Sincerely,

Lesley Millar-Nicholson
Director 
Office of Technology Management

Fiscal 2013 Annual Report 

Find an update on our successes and activities in the last fiscal year here.

OTM Team

Meet the OTM team and find contact information here.

Mission Statement

The Office of Technology Management’s mission is to encourage innovation, enhance research, and facilitate economic development through the transfer of intellectual property. Read more.

Publications

Download our print publications including newsletters, reports, and information for faculty & students. Learn more.

Inventor's Handbook

An introduction to the University’s intellectual property policies, patenting and commercialization services, intellectual property fundamentals, and most importantly, to your role in the process of commercializing University innovations. Read more.

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Working With OTM

The University's Office of Technology Management works with industry to streamline the process of transferring technology from the research lab to the public domain.

These services enhance both Universities’ ability to fund future research and the public's opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the innovative work and forward-thinking technological achievements of the University research teams.

Through our marketing efforts, the OTM works to increase industry awareness of University technologies that are available for licensing.

University of Illinois Research Park

The Research Park at the University of Illinois was created by the University of Illinois to advance its economic development mission. The University allocated 200 acres adjacent to central campus for development of the technology park. A private developer was selected as a partner to help advance the development. Learn more.

EnterpriseWorks

EnterpriseWorks (EW) is a 43,000 sq. ft. start-up technology business incubator and since opening in 2003, has become the launching pad for more than 70 start-up companies. Learn more.

IllinoisVENTURES

IllinoisVENTURES is a premier seed and early-stage technology investment firm focused on research-derived companies in information technologies, physical sciences, life sciences and clean technology. Learn more.

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Start-Ups

See a list of all active Start-Ups licensing University of Illinois intellectual property here

Research Units

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign boasts world-class research centers and institutes that encourage cross-collaboration and play an important role in enhancing the University's ability to create cutting-edge technologies. Learn more.

OTM Services

The Office of Technology Management is responsible for managing the intellectual property generated by research and educational activities at the University. The Office seeks to guide technologies through every appropriate stage of the commercialization process by providing services that include the evaluation, protection, marketing, and licensing of intellectual property.

Disclosing to the OTM

The Invention Disclosure Form is the first step in a process that could potentially lead to commercialization of your technology. Learn more.

Invention Disclosure Form (PDF)

Software Disclosure Form (PDF)

Mobile App Disclosure Form (PDF) 

Knowing when to call the OTM vs. OSPRA

Because the OTM and OSPRA work closely together, it is sometimes unclear which office to call when an intellectual property issue comes up. These lists give general guidelines for each office’s area of responsibility. 

Inventor's Handbook

An introduction to the University’s intellectual property policies, patenting and commercialization services, intellectual property fundamentals, and most importantly, to your role in the process of commercializing University innovations. Read more.

Commercialization Process

The Office of Technology Management has adopted a documented, systematic, and timely process for the analysis, protection, and commercialization of University intellectual property. Learn more.

Licensing Process

A license is the technology transfer agreement granting some of the University’s rights as owner of an intellectual property to a company who has agreed to certain obligations and responsibilities to commercialize the intellectual property. Learn more.

Starting a Company

A new company is one way to further develop and commercialize discoveries made at the University of Illinois. Learn more.

EnterpriseWorks

EnterpriseWorks (EW) is a 43,000 sq. ft. start-up technology business incubator, and since opening in 2003, it has acted as the launching pad for more than 70 start-up companies. Learn more.

Understanding Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property is a term that encompasses all forms of creativity that are protected either under statutes or by common law. It includes inventions, discoveries, know-how, show-how, processes, unique materials, copyrightable works, original data, and other creative or artistic works. Learn more.

Thesis Withholding

Policy and form for withholding graduate theses from publication to prevent premature disclosure of potentially patentable subject matter.

Student Ownership

General guidelines for determining when intellectual property is owned by a student and when it is owned by the University.

Additional Resources & Forms

Information on the Illinois Open Source License and the University's affiliation with Eli Lilly's Phenotypic Drug Discovery Initiative.

The University of Illinois is the foundation for many of the great technologies that are the standard of the internet today, including the Mosaic web browser and the Eudora mail system. Get to know how the Office of Technology Management can help transfer software innovations for widespread use.

If you are a member of the campus community, our office can help with both commercial licensing and non-commercial transfer.

If you are a member of the corporate or venture communities, we can help you find licensable software or a start-up company that will fit your needs.

Software Licensing

OTM assists inventors and authors in determining the appropriate strategy for distributing software and other copyrighted material owned by the University. Learn more

Starting a Company

Starting a company to commercialize your software is not a light undertaking.  There are a lot of unknowns.  Our goal at the OTM is to remove one of the many unknowns with a consistent and fair license for software startup companies. Learn more

Mobile Application Development & Deployment

The Office of Technology Management can  help you get access to  developer tools and is managing the submission of University-owned apps to the app stores across platforms

Mobile Applications Available from the University of Illinois

The University of Illinois offers Mobile Applications for both the iOS and Android mobile platforms. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Copyrighted works have their own ins and outs that distinguish their issues from patents.  Learn more

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For more information

Svetlana Sowers, Technology Manager
217-265-0778
svsowers@illinois.edu 

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