In FY2016 Ohio State had 429 new inventors for a total of 660 inventors
Inventors are the most critical part of the success of any licensed technology
The inventor logs into the Inventor Portal at innovate.osu.edu, managed by the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), to submit an official, confidential, non-public disclosure of his or her discovery, invention, or technology.
The inventor meets with a TCO Licensing Manager to discuss the invention, possible markets, potential customers, etc.
The inventor may provide feedback on the disclosure assessment and Intellectual Property strategy if requested by the Licensing Manager or outside IP counsel.
The inventor may be asked to participate in the confidential technical conversations with potential licensees.
The inventor does not participate in licensing negotiations in order to avoid conflicts of interest. The TCO is responsible for representing the university in negotiations with potential licensees.
After the technology is licensed, the inventor may stay involved with the company in a number of ways: Navigating Conflicts, Faculty Consulting, Sponsored Research, and Equity Ownership.