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Technology Transfer

Oakland University was named one of the top most innovative companies in Southeast Michigan. Crain’s Detroit Business reported that “Oakland University was granted patents in 2013 focused on various research areas, including technology that evaluates sheet metal strength before manufacturing, microfabrication -- or fabrication of miniature electrical devices -- and a thin-layer sensor to detect environmental gases."

Read lay summaries on technologies invented by Oakland University faculty and patented in 2013.



    Technology transfer is the process that moves the products of research from the university to the private sector for further development and commercialization for use by the public. Universities play a critical role in the local, national and international economies through the proper management of innovations that arise from university-based research.

    Technology transfer activities provide recognition for OU faculty and their discoveries, and stimulate partnerships with industry. Successful commercialization strategies can provide licensing revenue that supports further research and education. Useful information about university technology transfer in general is provided by the Association for University Technology Managers.

    At Oakland University, we recognize that intellectual property management is becoming increasingly complex and that shared participation among faculty and administrative personnel is critically important to the success of the technology transfer enterprise. The Office of Research Administration at OU provides resources and support for faculty inventors through the following processes:
    • Review of invention disclosure reports to identify third-party obligations (if any) and commercial potential
    • Protection of technologies through patents, if both the inventor(s) and OU agree to pursue this
    • The development of commercialization strategies for the technology
    • Consideration of other options that may be relevant to the specific invention

    For more information:

    Dorothy Nelson PhD, Vice Provost for Research
    danelson@oakland.edu or (248) 370-2762

    Gautam Singh PhD JD, Acting Director of Technology Transfer
    singh@oakland.edu or (248) 370-2129

    Alex Delavan, Director of Sponsored Programs
    delavan@oakland.edu or (248) 370-3789

    Pratima Krishna PhD, Technology Transfer Fellow
    pkrishna@oakland.edu or (248) 370-4924

    Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science IP Newsletter