WiLAN’s University Tech Transfer program leverages our network of connections to assist universities in commercializing university developed technology. Many universities develop outstanding technology on a continuous basis, but it can be difficult to move that technology from a university’s research labs into industry and a commercial product. WiLAN can help.
What we offer
Understanding the market is key to successful commercialization of technology. WiLAN has deep experience evaluating technology markets and can assist the university with identifying and evaluating markets for their technology. This can include identification and evaluation of both primary and alternative markets. For instance, a medical device technology may have applicability to both human and veterinary markets. Technology can also be assessed for startup spinout potential.
WiLAN can aid in identifying key players in the market – potential licensees, competitors, startup formation and funding opportunities. We can aid the university with marketing material for the technology. WiLAN can market the technology to potential licensees and can assist the university in negotiating licenses.
Technologies of current interest
While no technology is excluded from consideration, WiLAN is best poised to assist with technology transfer in the areas of wireless communications, semiconductors, and medical devices.
How it works
The process starts by contacting our CTO, Ken Stanwood, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss exemplary technologies the university may want assistance commercializing. If the parties agree that it makes sense for WiLAN to assist with certain technologies, a deeper dive into the market, technology, financial, and legal aspects will be performed. For technologies that pass the deeper dive, WiLAN will advise and assist the university in the development of marketing materials, market the technologies on behalf of the university, and assist with the negotiation of licenses between the university and the licensee, sharing a portion of the licensing proceeds collected by the university.