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Penn tech transfer arm releases free Commercialization Guide for faculty inventors


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 12th, 2017

The Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), the tech transfer arm of the University of Pennsylvania, has released a free guide to help faculty members and graduate students bring their ideas to the marketplace.

According to PCI managing director John Swartley, the Commercialization Guide is part of the center’s overall strategy to make innovation resources readily available to the entire Penn community. “With this guide, we focused on creating a friendly and easy-to-use resource showing how to work effectively with PCI and engage in all kinds of commercialization activities at Penn,” says Swartley.

The 45-page color reference is divided into sections that detail specific aspects of technology commercialization, including invention disclosures, intellectual property, licensing agreements, patent policy and start-up formation.

“PCI has created a concise, easily accessible and creatively designed guide with everything you need to know about commercializing research discoveries,” says Penn vice provost for research Dawn Bonnell. “The guide — which even includes some of Ben Franklin’s most noteworthy sayings — is a valuable asset to new inventors and experienced entrepreneurs alike.”

PCI is currently reaching out to deans and major centers at Penn to decide the best ways to distribute the free guides. In the meantime, a digital version is available on the PCI website.

“This guide helps put a lot of information all in one place,” says Laurie Actman, chief officer of marketing, communications and programs at PCI. “It’s all part of the umbrella of commercialization and innovation at Penn, and makes it easier to understand.”

Source: PennCurrent

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