Commercialization Fellowships Help Get More Innovations Off the Shelf
September 5, 2019
The Commercialization Fellowship at Cornell University is a six-month program open to engineering PhD students. It is a rigorous, multi-step program that begins by evaluating technologies for commercialization potential. The length of the program is a critical element. The multi-step approach is another valuable aspect of the program.
The Commercialization Fellowship Program has an intellectual property thread woven throughout. “We’re with them in the application process through the completion of their project,” notes Patrick Govang, director of innovation partnerships at the Cornell’s Center for Technology Licensing. “There are several meetings that each candidate fellow has with the intellectual property officer. When we’re working with the fellow student, we spend a bit more time making sure that we’re fully clarifying the intellectual property protection process, the decision points that we’re looking at in terms of filing decisions, and how broadly or not we protect it. We’re there to support them as they’re going through their discovery process and exploring the viability of that technology in the marketplace and applying the I-Corps learning template.”
Read more on the August issue of Technology Transfer Tactics.