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For Researchers and Inventors

The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) will assist researchers and inventors at NSU to fulfill the commercial potential of their innovations. Our staff will work closely to assist researchers through the entire process of translation of research from invention disclosure to commercialization.

If you think you have a patentable idea or invention or even if you are not sure about the next best step for your invention, we will be happy to evaluate your innovation and create a roadmap for its commercialization.

We would encourage researchers to go through the sequence of steps outlined on our website and then reach out to us to initiate a consultation with our technology transfer professionals.

On this page, you will find information regarding working with our technology transfer professionals and the various steps involved in the process of technology transfer.

Identifying a patentable invention

The first essential step in the technology transfer process is to identify/determine whether your invention is patentable. For an invention to be patentable it must be novel, non-obvious and useful.

There are 3 ways you can recognize whether you have an invention.

  • Your discovery meets a need or solves an existing problem.
  • You have promising scientific data or a working prototype device.
  • You are not aware of prior art. Prior art is information (e.g. publications, posters, abstracts etc.) which describes any part of your discovery that is publicly available.

A member of our team will be pleased to assist you in assessing whether your research is a patentable invention. If you are not sure whether your invention is patentable or marketable please call the OTT at 954-262-7507. The OTT will evaluate your invention from the perspective of its technology, product and market opportunity, patentability, competition, and research direction.

It is in everyone’s best interest for your invention to be commercialized if it is patentable and has marketable value. If your invention has commercial possibilities, the OTT will make every effort to find a commercial partner with whom to license your invention.

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