“If you feed them, they will come” – James Earl Jones

“If you feed them, they will come” – James Earl Jones

Oct 07, 2013

As the title suggests, that was my hopeful outcome from hosting numerous pizza lunches for CEPS graduate students in various departments over the last month. My objective was to make graduate students aware of our office, the services and resources that we provide, and to stress that we’re not here just to serve the faculty and staff – we want to work with graduate students too!

During these informal lunches, I explained that the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization (ORPC) strives to evaluate, protect, manage, and, when appropriate, license the use of UNH’s intellectual assets. However, in order to do all of those things, we need to be aware of the research activities and innovations being developed on campus. I encouraged the graduate students to become aware of their rights and obligations under the UNH Intellectual Property policy, and to complete innovation disclosure forms and work with our office on commercialization of their ideas and innovations. 

I have previously blogged about the ability to pursue both academic publications and commercialization opportunities (read that post) – that it is not a one-or-the-other situation. For many of the students attending the pizza lunches, it appeared that they were hearing this message for the first time.   My hope is that as they continue their research here at UNH, they will think of the potential applications for their research and then of course, think of the ORPC.       

The students were also made aware of ORPC’s involvement with developing and managing non-disclosure and confidentiality (NDA/CDA) agreements, material transfer agreements (MTA), and IP-related terms and conditions in sponsored research agreements. My presentation was well-received by each department and I hope that these outreach efforts result in helpful relationships, more innovation disclosures, increased commercialization activities from all areas of campus, and improved compliance with UNH’s IP Policy.   

For further questions about working with our office or to schedule an ORPC Lunch & Learn for your department, please contact Tristan Carrier at tristan.carrier@unh.edu or (603)862-2022.

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