Inventor Involvement

Inventor Involvement

Guiding a technology after license

After a technology is licensed, whether to an existing company or a startup, inventors may stay involved in a number of ways. The university has also established policies to help guide inventors avoid conflicts of interests.

Involvement with an existing company

Faculty consulting

Faculty are permitted to engage in specified private business activities relating to their university positions, provided that they continue to be responsible for the performance of their university teaching, research and service obligations.
Learn more in the Faculty Paid External Consulting Policy

Sponsored research

Alternatively, a licensee may contract with the university for the services of the inventor and the use of university facilities through a sponsored research agreement. Research projects funded by technology commercialization companies must include, in addition to a negotiated fee, university publication rights.

Involvement with a startup

Faculty equity ownership in a startup

If the university employee is approved to hold equity in the new company, the inventor’s equity ownership is determined by an agreement between the inventor and the new startup. University employees who wish to negotiate an equity position with the new company should seek independent legal representation.

Contact Us

Director, Faculty Alliances

Art Gooray, PhD


Licensing Manager

Megan Aanstoos, PhD


Senior Technology Licensing Manager

Jason Dahlman, PhD, CLP


Senior Licensing Manager

Ann Marie Flammang, PhD, RDN, CLP


Manager, Commercialization Strategy

Cassie Dickerson


Executive Director of Licensing

Chris Paschall, PhD, CLP, RTTP


Licensing Manager

Cordellia Bartell


Director, Intellectual Property and Contracts

David Mess, MS, JD, CLP


Senior Licensing Manager

Dongsung "Don" Hong


Senior Technology Licensing Manager

Frank Norris


Intellectual Property Officer - Patents

John Cocumelli


Senior Licensing Manager

Ryan Zinn


Senior Licensing Manager

Stewart Davis, CLP, RTTP


Staff Assistant, Technology Commercialization

Thea Bailey

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