Office of Innovation and Commercialization


United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Anybody interested in protecting intellectual property should be familiar with the USPTO web-site. You can actually do your own preliminary search of prior patents, and there are some excellent links describing the protection process. All faculty researchers working with technologies with commercial potential should be familiar with the USPTO (and make sure you disclose your IP early to the UNCW Office of Innovation and Commercialization).

Videos on Lean Entrepreneurship or "how businesses need to go through the start-up phase in the modern world"

Steve Blank, Evidence-based Entrepreneurship, The Lean Startup Conference 2013

Modern thought regarding start-ups involve an evidence based lean entrepreneurial model. This is the model used at UNCW. This short, 25 minute discussion is by Steve Blank, one of the authors of a popular program on evidence based entrepreneurship using the launch pad (Eric Reis is another early author of the lean approach to entrepreneurship). The idea here is to challenge the assumptions created by using the business canvas model. Good summary and some good charts. 8 stars (out of 10 stars)

Eric Ries: The Lean Startup

Modern thought regarding start-ups involve an evidence based lean entrepreneurial model. Eric Reis authored one of the first books on this topic. Think about the idea of minimum viable product that he discusses, and the idea of pivoting from you initial assumptions. Lean entrepreneurship actually comes from the concepts developed in lean manufacturing. This is a good, quick (42 minutes) summary of the lean approach. 9 stars (out of 10 stars)

Videos on commercialization of your technology or solution

Harvard i-lab | Startup Secrets: Turning Products into Companies

Good seminar on turning technology based innovations into a commercial success. Sponsored by the Harvard Innovation Lab. The seminar is built around some case studies, and has some guest. It is a 2 hour program, but if you are serious about commercializing your technology or technology based solution, you need to invest some time in learning the process. 8 stars (out of 10 stars)

Videos on Technology Transfer from a university

Startup Insider: How Entrepreneurs Can Work With University Tech Transfer

Good seminar that describes how a university technology transfer process works. This seminar takes the perspective of an entrepreneur licensing a technology from a university, but all of the ideas are also appropriate for a faculty member that wants to do a spin-out from a university. It is a 30 minute program. 8 stars (out of 10 starts)

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