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The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) encourages faculty, staff, students and community members to mark their calendars and attend informational sessions each month over the course of the fall semester. Discussions will focus on how to protect faculty and staff intellectual property, industry partnerships and licensing, public disclosures and patents, the new Startup Engine and what resources are available on campus to quickly move new technologies and innovations off the shelf and into the marketplace.

The Lunch and Learn program was created to help faculty, students, and post-docs gain understanding of intellectual property, technology disclosures, and commercialization of technology. Each month the OTT leadership team presents a 30-45-minute presentation about innovation, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, or commercialization for the WVU community held at several locations across campus.

Introduction to the Office of Technology Transfer and the Intellectual Property Process
Presented by: Bruce Sparks, Director of Office of Technology Transfer
Tuesday, September 10th – Erma Byrd 301; 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, September 24th – AERB 120; 12:00 - 1:00 pm

During this Lunch & Learn, you will be given information regarding who you should contact to get help with your ideas; what the invention disclosure process is; how to complete a disclosure; and why it is important to file a disclosure.

Vantage Ventures: The New Program Under Startup WV 
Presented by: 
Sarah Biller, Executive Director, Vantage Ventures
Erienne Olesh, Director, Vantage Ventures 
Brandon Cook, Assistant Director, Vantage Ventures
Tuesday, October 15th – Erma Byrd 301; 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, October 22nd – AERB 120; 12:00 - 1:00 pm

WVU has launched a new program under Startup WV, combining the best aspects of an incubator and accelerator.  Housed in Vantage Point, the new 8,000 sq. ft space on university avenue, this effort will support the commercialization of university technology, attraction of new startup companies, and create a place for corporate partners and investors to engage with our university community.  Open co-working space and dedicated offices along with innovation labs will create an area for idea creation, product development, entrepreneurial engagement and business expansion. Please join us for an open discussion about the evolving efforts of Vantage Ventures and how this will benefit the university, our community, the state and beyond.

Introduction to the NSF I Corps Program
Presented by: Randolph Quinn, Associate Director of Innovation and Research Commercialization
Tuesday, November 5th – Erma Byrd 301; 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, November 19th – AERB 120; 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Do you have the entrepreneurial spirit? Have you ever thought your research could be commercialized into a product or business and make a difference in the world? Then please join us at one of this month’s OTT Lunch & Learns. Randy Quinn will present on the NSF I-Corps program—an entrepreneurial bootcamp-style program introduced at WVU to help researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs “learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research and gain skills in entrepreneurship through training in customer discovery and guidance from established entrepreneurs.

The OTT Periodically holds special events which addresses specific topics. These events are often presented by experts from our WVU community or industry or government sectors. We encourage graduate students, faculty, staff, and our broader local community to attend. These events begin with a presentation and Q & A session, followed by a reception.

NSF I-Corps at WVU: Learn how This Entrepreneur Bootcamp Can Accelerate Your Product to Market
Presented by: Randolph Quinn, Associate Director of Innovation and Research Commercialization
Thursday, August 29th – Evansdale Crossing Room 414; reception Panini Pete's Roof-top bar, 5th Fl; 4:00 – 7:00 pm

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) training program helps prepare participants to accelerate their cutting-edge technologies and products into the marketplace while gaining business skills and testing business models and hypotheses about customers in the real world to ensure a strong market demand prior to commercialization. Please join us! We look forward to seeing you there!

Public Disclosures & Patent Rights: Best Practices for Sharing your Research Results
Presented by: KramerArmado
Thursday, November 14th – Erickson Alumni Center; 4:00 – 7:00 pm                

Are you concerned about what you can and can’t disclose to your co-workers, colleagues, non-university co-developers or even in grant proposals?  In today’s multidisciplinary projects it’s often necessary to work outside of your organization and share information with other researchers at other institutions and across the world.  This presentation will provide you the basics for what is currently considered prior art for purposes of obtaining a patent and how what you do or don’t do can be extremely important to patent protection.  We’ll give you case studies of how public disclosure has been treated by the courts and will be available for any questions you may have.

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