Intellectual Property Careers

What is technology transfer?

Intellectual property careers are at the intersection of academia and commercialization

The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) defines technology transfer as “the handing off of intellectual property rights from the university to the for-profit sector for purposes of commercialization.” Simply, the tech transfer field’s objective is to move expertise or technology from one organization to another.  For more information about this field read this article from the Innovation Policy Platform and watch this video from the Associate of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

Technology transfer professionals are important for translating a discovery into a product and/or service. Learn more about this here.  They also engage with a large number of stakeholders. Read this document to get an idea regarding the number and type of organizations that UCSF's Office of Technology Management (OTM) interacts with both international and externally.

Considering a job in tech transfer? Here are 7 Reasons why you should.  For more information about postdocs who have been able to break into the tech transfer field through internships at their University, check out this article.  UCSF also has internships available for those interested in tech transfer.


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