Patents, commercialization and licensing

The Enterprise & Innovation team is available to assist researchers with protecting intellectual property (IP) – including filing for patents – and finding commercial partners to help bring your novel research into the world. The process may sound complex and daunting, but we are here to assist you every step of the way.

We also work with businesses and entrepreneurs on anything relating to commercialization of research and licensing of available University technology. New products and startup companies are often grown from early stage technology within the University research environment that is developed for world market applications.

Please contact Enterprise & Innovation if you are interested in learning more.

Explore the commercialization process

Follow our step by step process through research commercialization to learn:

  • Where to begin
  • How to protect your ideas
  • How to position your innovation for commercial markets
  • What to expect for your efforts

Commercialization process

What is tech transfer?

Tech transfer at the University is aimed at transferring researcher’s discoveries to entities that will further develop the technology into products or services.

View a quick summary of how intellectual property goes from the lab to the marketplace in this video by AUTM – a leading association of tech transfer professionals.

Tech transfer video (1:37 minutes)

File an innovation disclosure

Reporting your innovation is the first step in the commercialization process. All innovations made by University faculty and staff are reported through the inventor portal. Only active University faculty, staff and students may access the inventor portal with their NetID. The portal is used to report new technologies and review existing submissions.

Upon receipt of a disclosure statement of innovation, our licensing and commercialization team works to understand the commercial strategy and, where applicable, protect the intellectual property and secure a licensing agreement. If you filed a submission and have not received an email within two days or if you have questions, please email

Inventor portal

Understanding intellectual property ownership

Your status, involvement, and the type of partnerships you develop while doing research at the University determine who owns the resulting intellectual property (IP). View our simplified explanation for who owns the IP.

IP ownership explained

University’s complete policy on IP

Technologies available for license

The University has technologies and innovations available for license in a broad range of areas such as software, energy and renewables, life sciences, healthcare and biotechnology. Enterprise & Innovation works closely with companies to evaluate the market for a product and negotiate licensing terms.

Available technologies

WolfCorps: Preparing your team for the NSF Innovation Corps

Enterprise & Innovation assists researchers with building teams that qualify for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program. Established teams may be eligible to apply to the Bay Area NSF I-Corps Node and later to the NSF I-Corps Teams program. 

The I-Corps offers an immersive training experience where participants engage with industry and communicate problems and solutions with customers, partners and competitors. The I-Corps curriculum is based on the Lean Launchpad methodology developed by Steve Blank and is designed to move beyond the university laboratory and guide the process of transferring research innovations into products and processes that benefit society.

Applicants are required to form teams of three members, consisting of the technical lead, the entrepreneurial lead and an industry mentor. Please reach out to us to check that your team meets the requirements prior to applying.

Contact us for WolfCorps info

Free University webinars

Federal funding series by SAGE

  • Applying for SBIR-STTR Grants from the Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Applying for SBIR-STTR Grants from the Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Applying for SBIR-STTR Grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Federal funding webinar series

University spin-out companies

Check out some of the current companies that are based on University of Nevada, Reno intellectual property.

University spin-out companies