Tech Transfer

Other Licensing Terms

Other Licensing items to be considered include:


Approval from all co-inventors is required to license a technology to a faculty start-up, as oppose to an outside licensee.

Government Rights

The government retains certain licensing rights to the projects/inventions which it funds. The University grants the U.S. Government a non-exclusive, non-transferable, paid-up license to practice the subject invention throughout the world, for or on behalf of the United States. In most cases, the Government will not be a competitor to the private sector. Exceptions do exist, particularly for technologies related to National defense.

University Rights

The University retains rights to use a technology for research and educational purposes.

Sublicensing Rights

In some instances, a licensee has the option to sublicense technology rights to a to third party company. Some of the main requirements to sublicense include:

Patent Costs and Maintenance Fees

The cost to file a U.S. patent, ranges from $10,000-20,000 dollars; filing in foreign countries can be significantly more expensive. Once a patent is issued, there are periodic maintenance fees which must be paid in a timely manner to maintain the integrity of the patent. The licensee is typically required to pay for patent costs and continuing maintenance fees.

Last Updated: April 13, 2017