The WSU Office of Commercialization’s mission is to ensure that innovations and discoveries by WSU researchers are evaluated, protected where possible, and prepared for potential licensing by third parties. Our staff supports this goal of translating research discoveries into innovations for the marketplace.
We encourage you to engage with us at the earliest possible point in your research and to plan for bringing your innovation to the marketplace. This will help maximize the impact of your work. Our office can offer guidance on issues related to disclosure, patent processes, identifying potential funding sources, and commercial partners. We are here to help make connections, assess the competitive market and industry landscape, and manage any intellectual property issues.
When you contact us or disclose an invention, we will assign you a Technology Licensing Associate who will meet with you to discuss your plans and offer guidance. This contact is often established after you complete a disclosure form, but can occur prior to this also.
It is essential that you disclose your inventions properly before publishing or publicly presenting any material on them.
The following pages in this section have more in depth information on disclosing an invention, an inventor's guide with an informational overview of the commercialization process, creating a start up company if you choose that commercialization path, and research funding resources.