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Penn State's Unique IP Policy

Tech transfer from research at Penn State generated $22.5 million in fiscal 2015. This is partly thanks to the university’s reworked approach to intellectual property, which makes it easier than ever for researchers to work with outside companies to fast-track innovations:

  • Penn State will not seek to retain ownership of IP.
  • Penn State will assign IP to sponsor upon request.
  • Penn State has the right to publish research results.
  • Penn State has the right to practice IP for research and educational purposes.
  • If Penn State research results lead to exceptional commercial success, sponsor agrees to share proportionally with Penn State.
  • Exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis.


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The Vice President for Research:  The Office of the Vice President for Research is responsible for facilitating the $863-million-per-year research enterprise at Penn State by working with a broad range of units across the University. Learn more about research at Penn State.

The Office for Industrial Partnerships: The OIP team works with companies to understand their needs and identify faculty that have expertise or existing IP in their area of interest that can be used to address their needs. OIP supports a company’s relationship from the idea state through contracting and beyond.

Innovation Gateway: The unique Penn State tool designed to connect PSU researchers to the technical challenges and needs of industry.

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