Resources for Companies

Commercialization through the Office of Tech Transfer


The Office of Tech Transfer (OTT) is the University of Michigan’s organization responsible for the transfer of U-M technology to the marketplace. Tech Transfer enhances these research discoveries to encourage licensing and broad deployment with existing businesses and newly-formed U-M start-ups, and has earned a reputation for performance among the top 10 of all universities.

The BEC partners closely with the Office of Tech Transfer and our teams have been co-located since the BEC’s inception. Our seamless partnership helps our industry partners navigate potential commercial opportunities.

U-M’s Office of Tech Transfer offers full set of services to support commercialization related to U-M partnerships, including:

Invention Reporting Facilitation

Professionals in U-M’s schools and OTT’s central office work with researchers and faculty to provide advice about potential tech transfer issues during research activities and to assist in the invention reporting process.


Patenting and Other Protections

OTT provides guidance in planning an effective patent, copyright, or trademark strategy and handles all implementation details during the protection stage.

Start-up Assistance

OTT provides proactive assistance in analyzing potential opportunities to form a start-up based upon U-M technology and encourages this interaction during the early invention reporting process. Their skilled New Business Formation Staff also provide hands-on business assistance, project planning, and links to funding and people resources.

Legal Support

Their two full-time tech transfer staff attorneys, in partnership with the Office of the General Counsel, provide legal guidance and assistance for all U-M tech transfer activities.

Decision Support

OTT’s business support and administrative staff provide information and guidance to conduct our business and expedite decisions by internal and external partners. They also advise interested parties on U-M policies and procedures including conflict of interest issues.



The OTT staff assists in technical and market assessments and actively markets U-M technologies to industry partners. They create secrecy, evaluation, material transfer, option, and license agreements with these industry partners to effectively get our technology into commercial use.