Technology Transfer Overview

Technology Transfer is the process of transforming knowledge and discoveries from the laboratory to the public sector.  In a university environment, this transfer takes many forms.  The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF), on behalf of Clemson University, transfers technology through licensing of University intellectual property.

These license agreements grant rights in an identified and defined technology to a third party for a period of years, often limited to a particular field of use and/or region of the world.  The licensee (the third party licensing the technology) may be an existing company or a new business start-up.  Licenses include terms that require the licensee to meet certain performance obligations and to make financial payments back to CURF.  Revenues received from licensing activities are distributed in accordance with Clemson’s Intellectual Property Policy.

The Clemson University Intellectual Property Committee is the representative committee that determines whether Clemson University wishes to pursue intellectual property protection and commercialization efforts for a particular invention, trademark or copyright and makes recommendations to CURF, through Clemson’s Office of Technology Transfer.

Submissions of inventions, trademarks, or copyrights for committee review must be done through Inventor Portal. Click on the following link to access detailed instructions for accessing Inventor Portal: