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Educational Programs

Innovation Partners provides a number of different programs to the university community it serves to enhance the commercialization-related efforts of faculty and staff. Innovation Partners also collaborates with the School of Innovation to deliver several of these programs to students. Browse below to learn more about our educational programs and student engagement initiatives.

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Education Concierge Programs and Services

We strive to increase faculty and research staff awareness of commercialization efforts at Texas A&M University, help educate faculty and research staff on the commercialization process so they better understand when and how to submit invention disclosures when they ready, and increase awareness and understanding of the commercialization process amongst undergraduate and graduate students who may contribute to university innovations and commercialization efforts. In the process of developing creative ways to deliver educational programs to achieve these goals, the Education Concierge was born. For more information on any of these programs or services, please contact Beth Deuermeyer.

IP Office Hours

IP Attorney Office Hours are available at no cost to Texas A&M faculty, staff, and students. Thirty-minute appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis with IP attorneys from firms across Texas, including many who contract with the Texas A&M University System to provide legal services for Texas A&M System-owned intellectual property. If you are not sure you are ready to meet with an intellectual property attorney, check out our YouTube videos to learn how an IP attorney can help you.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Passport (IEP)

The IEP program will allow Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff to earn a certificate and possibly continuing education units (CEUs) while learning about various innovation and entrepreneurial topics. New learning opportunities in this program will continue to be added as they are developed.

Patent Vector Analytics: This is a self-paced course that will guide you through use of the Patent Vector software to analyze patents, technology, and innovation trends. Patent Vector not only provides users with access to viewing thousands of patents from across the globe, but also provides tools to analyze the importance and impact of the patent, the assignees and the inventors. Texas A&M University is currently the only university to have free access to this tool and it is available to all Texas A&M faculty, staff and students.

Intellectual Property – Protecting Your Ideas: In this course, you will gain an understanding of the main issues related to intellectual property, learn about the patent filing process, and learn how an intellectual property attorney can help you with the patent process. The course is designed for faculty wanting to learn how the university protects the inventions coming out of research labs, students who have an idea they think might be patentable but don’t know where to start, and graduate students or post docs working in research where intellectual property is being generated.

Other Educational Resources

AUTM Collaboration

Through a collaboration with AUTM, Texas A&M faculty, staff, and students have access to resources from the industry leading association for technology transfer. Through the AUTM Educational Library you can access webinars and podcasts on various commercialization topics such as: Licensing, Strategy, Intellectual Property Law, Compliance, Startups, Finance, and so much more.

With hundreds of videos, it can be hard to decide where to start or determine which video to watch first.  Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. We’ve screened and selected a collection of videos that cover protecting your research to developing an exit strategy for your company and everything in between. To view our list of selected videos, click on the “List of Recommended Videos” button below.

Tech Transfer Central Collaboration

Our collaboration with Tech Transfer Central provides access to Texas A&M faculty, staff, and students to another leading provider of content with over 400 distance learning modules on technology transfer and related topics. Want to know more about protecting your inventions? Unsure about compliance issues? Want to know how to set up your startup company the right way from day one? Access available topics by following the login instructions below.

With hundreds of videos, it can be hard to decide where to start or determine which video to watch first.  Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. We’ve screened and selected a collection of videos that cover protecting your research to developing an exit strategy for your company and everything in between. To view our list of selected videos, click on the “List of Recommended Videos” button below.

Follow These Steps

  1. Visit the TAMU Libraries Database
  2. Search for “AUTM Online Professional Development”
  3. Follow the instructions on the ‘Texas A&M Campus Access Site’ to view webinars.

Follow These Steps

  1. Visit the TAMU Libraries Database
  2. Choose Tech Transfer Central
  3. Log into the CAS system with your TAMU credentials and follow the login instructions provided

Commercialization Fellows Program

Our mission includes making commercialization support part of the university’s educational mission. One way we do that is through our commercialization fellows program, which connects faculty and staff interested in or with expertise in commercialization to our staff through seminars, educational programs, and opportunities to collaborate on moving the fruits of Texas A&M University’s research into the marketplace. If you are interested in learning more or applying to be a commercialization fellow, contact Andrew Morriss, Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

Curriculum Insertion Services

Innovation Partners through its Education Concierge has developed a curriculum insertion initiative intended to provide services and resources on incorporating technology commercialization topics into undergraduate and graduate courses on campus. This includes:

  • Arranging for guest speakers on a variety of topics (business law, economics of innovation, IP basics, etc.).
  • Helping develop projects or assignments aligned with course objectives and technology translation activities.
  • Developing or providing existing online learning modules to include in courses.

General and Customized Workshop Services

We provide regular webinars and in-person presentations to faculty and staff on a variety of topics related to commercialization. Past sessions have included IP basics, SBIR/STTR funding, marketing and funding for startups, working with incubators and accelerators, and license agreement basics. Make sure to check our upcoming events to stay informed on future learning opportunities. We are also able to arrange for customized presentations tailored for your department, college, or area of research, upon request.

View Past Webinars

Experiential Programs for Students

Innovation Partners offers a variety of learning experiences for students interested in increasing their exposure to and understanding of intellectual property and commercialization activities in a university tech transfer environment. For more information on any of these programs, please contact Megan Brown.

Market Research Graduate Assistant Program

Through this program, we offer graduate students with a science background the opportunity to assist with project management, technical and business activities related to technology translation efforts within Texas A&M University including the Health Science Center. This program provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable real-world exposure to bridging science with the business world – learning about intellectual property portfolios and the business processes related to taking new inventions from the lab to the commercial market. Students are exposed to new innovations coming from Texas A&M University faculty and staff and will gain first-hand knowledge and skills in how to review and evaluate the market for technologies to determine their commercial potential to be licensed to potential industry partners.

Innovation Ambassador Program

In partnership with the Mays Innovation Research Center (MIRC), we engage graduate students in the process of innovation research and intellectual property commercialization through the Innovation Ambassador Program. Students simultaneously work closely with their PIs to learn about their discoveries, potential uses, and related technologies, with Innovation Partners to evaluate innovations, invention disclosures and research and assess the market valuation for faculty inventions and innovations, and with MIRC to attend MIRC events, monthly all-hands meetings and present research to an audience/teach a class to MIRC Research Assistant team. This program is designed to prepare students for career paths both in academia, where they might study innovation and its benefits to society or work intensely with faculty-driven intellectual property, or in start-ups, where they might serve as chief technology officers or in other influential roles.

IP Externship

In partnership with the Texas A&M School of Law, we provide externships to law students interested in applying their acquired knowledge about intellectual property and contract law to the university setting and technology commercialization environment. Students in this program will gain a thorough understanding of technology transfer, contract negotiation, and patent prosecution in a University setting. Externs will be exposed to State of Texas contract terms, US and Foreign patent prosecution, and a wide range of cutting-edge technologies. This opportunity will provide students with experience in managing a variety of legal tasks in a timely manner, and demonstrate to potential employers the ability to absorb and utilize new information quickly. The supervising attorney will provide support and feedback for each project undertaken, and the opportunity to interact with outside counsel and inventors is expected. Students may also have the opportunity to engage with Texas A&M System Office of General Counsel IP attorneys on projects related to IP issues, IP enforcement, contract disputes, and contract enforcements as available.

Commercialization Internship

Our office hosts commercialization internships where an applied internship is required by a student’s graduate program, such as the Master in Biotechnology program or otherwise. We welcome the opportunity to provide experiences to students that align with their field of study and can offer real-world application of their coursework, while contributing their learned skills back to the university’s efforts to transfer technologies into the marketplace.

Directed Studies

We engage with students through select directed studies courses focused on technology commercialization and provides guidance and insight throughout the semester into technology evaluation, market assessment, and commercialization planning processes.

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