Hazardous and toxic chemicals have been featured in news reports lately. In one case, a veteran chemistry teacher experienced an explosion during a demonstration in the laboratory. Another case, which was the result of a prank, sent several students to the hospital from exposure to an unknown chemical.
As a UNH graduate student, I have been interning with UNHInnovation (UNHI) to learn more about copyright law and the future of intellectual property. My research has culminated in a graduate studies project, a Creative Works Symposium. The goal of this project is to better inform faculty and students about the impact of intellectual property rights on universities and to answer questions faculty or students may have in regards to intellectual property, including copyright and trademark laws.
One of the elements of my job that I really enjoy is presenting to UNH faculty, staff, and students about technology transfer. What is it? Why do we do it? How do we do it? Over the years, a common reaction to these questions has been:
“Why do I need to care about commercialization?”
“I’m not interested in it, and it’s not right for my work nor for me.”
Rather than being a conversation stopper, this creates the perfect opening for a discussion about why commercialization is absolutely right for you.
A few basics first and then I’ll get to “why you:”
The UNH Instrumentation Center (UIC) held an open house in October to celebrate the opening of UNH’s new Imaging Core facility, and to spread the word about the recent acquisition of a Tescan Lyra Focused Ion Beam - Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB-SEM).
UNHInnovation hosted the annual Innovators’ Dinner on October 9th to celebrate the intellectual property achievements of the past year. Faculty, staff, and students gathered in Huddleston Hall to recognize the collective hard work that resulted in 124 license agreements, 68 innovation disclosures, six patents filed, six patents issued, two trademarks registered, over $500,000 in royalty income, and upcoming initiatives geared towards entrepreneurial creation, development, and support.
This summer, UNHInnovation (UNHI) had the opportunity to host a roundtable discussion at the regional NORDP (National Organization of Research Development Professionals) meeting held at UNH. Our discussion was loosely themed “Commercialization, Technology Transfer, and Innovation,” all favorite topics of our office.