Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office

RIT's Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office is responsible for managing RIT's intellectual property (IP) portfolio and bringing that IP to the marketplace through licenses and formation of start-up companies.

Services Offered:

  • Identification of inventions and other creations having commercial¬†
  • Marketability¬†
  • Obtaining and maintaining intellectual property
    • Patents
    • Copyright
    • Trademarks
  • Technology transfer strategy development
  • Marketing of Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Licensing IP to new or existing companies
  • License administration
  • Facilitating formation of start-up companies
  • Assistance on IP matters in general
  • Outreach and training for faculty, staff and students

Vision

The Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office is charged with managing RIT's intellectual property portfolio in a manner so as to:

  • enhance the reputation of the Institute, its faculty, staff and students;
  • support Institute efforts to ensure graduating students have been imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit and an applied understanding of IP;
  • foster enhanced research interactions with the private sector;
  • facilitate the transfer of RIT technologies for the use and benefit of society through technology licensing arrangements;
  • generate additional research funds through leveraging the value of RIT's intellectual property.

In five years RIT expects to have a campus-wide culture of managing and leveraging intellectual property for the benefit of the Institute, its faculty, staff and students. This will be evidenced by:

  • a growing intellectual property portfolio;
  • a process that encourages publishing while protecting intellectual property;
  • enhanced research partnerships with industry, and;
  • increasing transfers of intellectual property to the private sector via licenses to existing or new (start-up) companies.