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From Orlando to Toronto: Two Weeks in the ORPC Vortex of Activity

Admittedly, the title is a little “cheese ball” but the past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity in the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization (ORPC) as staff members have been involved in numerous events that promote the visibility and mission of our office. 

The America Invents Act: Prior Art and First-to-File

Since the formulation of the patent system with the adoption of the United States Constitution in 1787, the U.S. has focused on awarding a patent to the first inventor to invent. Recently in 2011, President Obama signed into law the America Invents Act (AIA) that changes the preexisting first-to-invent system into a first-inventor-to-file structure. This was an effort to harmonize the U.S. patent system with the European and other patent systems around the world that already use the first-to-file structure.

SBIR/STTR Resources

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grants

Find funding opportunities, proposal preparation hints and assistance, and information about the proposal review process at the sites listed below.



UNH Technology Patent Abstracts

The University of New Hampshire has a number of exciting patented technologies that currently are available for licensing.   Check here to see if a specific technology is licensed at this time.

Contact  the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization for:

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