Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property 

The Office of Technology Transfer assists faculty, employees and students in seizing opportunities that foster the University’s goal of accelerating the discovery, creation and transfer of new knowledge. Efforts include the thoughtful pursuit of invention disclosures, intellectual property portfolio management, assessment of commercial potential of WSU intellectual property, promotion of corporate alliances, advocating faculty entrepreneurial activities and strategic partnering with other campus units.

What is Intellectual Property?

In a university setting, thoughts and processes are continually evolved, and in turn can create novel ideologies, processes, and products.  These creations are the intellectual property of those who invented them, as well as the organization which supported the development team.  The intent of Wichita State University is to support its researchers in developing such property into patents, trademarks, and copyrights which will further enrich not only the inventor, but also research programs, the university, and the surrounding community.

What is Technology Transfer?

Technology transfer in simple terms is the process of taking an invention from the research/development stage to the marketplace.  There are several steps in the Tech Transfer process:

  • Disclosure of the invention to ORTT
  • Evaluation & market research
  • Commercialization strategy
  • File patent/copyright/trademark protection
  • Licensing to a third party

Who do we serve?

You may be a “traditional scientist” with a novel invention. You may also be a computer programmer or staff member who has developed software code or a training series that can be transferred to the public. No matter the case, we provide services for all Wichita State University faculty, staff and students who create intellectual property with the support of University funds or other assets.  If you’re not sure if you qualify, just call us!

The best way to protect your ideas is to contact the Intellectual Property Specialist at ORTT to discuss whether or not your idea is suited for legal protection. Due to federal laws there are time constraints related to public disclosure of your idea, so when in doubt it’s best to contact ORTT as soon as possible after the creation of the idea before you discuss the idea with anyone.



Becky Hundley
Technology Transfer Manager