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Innovation and Commercialization Training Series
February 27 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
The Office of Innovation and Economic Development invites interested parties to participate in workshops that provide training for faculty, staff and students interested in doing research work with companies or turning their research into innovations for the public. These commercialization workshops are part of the University of Maine System Innovates series.
Each interactive workshop will have subject matter experts presenting on the topics listed below.
Participants can earn a completion certificate by attending the four core workshops and two electives.
University Agreements and Policies
Feb. 27; 8–9:30 a.m.
This workshop details the agreements and policies that need to be in place when a University employee does fee-for-service work or industry-sponsored collaborative research with an external entity. Learn about IP protection, non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, facility use and sponsored research agreements. Register here
Intellectual Property and Know-How
March 13, 9:30–11 a.m.
This workshop is meant to give faculty, staff and students a broad overview of intellectual property by diving deep into the types of protection. The workshop would also go over standard operating procedures for various commercialization scenarios and the rights and responsibilities of UMaine faculty and researchers. Register here
Introduction to Commercialization
April 4, noon –1:30 p.m.
Attendees will learn the fundamentals of research commercialization in a university setting, understand the various pathways to the marketplace, get exposure to campus resources designed to assist faculty, and learn about additional professional development offerings planned for the year. Register here
April 10, 2–3:30 p.m.
New innovations based on cutting-edge research have a high failure rate because they focus on the wrong needs or even the wrong end user. Attend the idea validation workshop to learn how you can use Innovation Engineering tools to test your assumptions and validate their alignment with end-user needs, wants and expectations. Register here
Elective Workshops (registration opens in March)
Grant Writing and Funding Pathways
April 18, noon–1:30 p.m.
Commercialization in Education, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
April 30, 8–9:30 a.m.
Entrepreneurial Businesses: The Beginning, Middle and End
Industry Collaborations and Licensing
Ethics in Commercialization
Contact Veena Dinesh at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.