Intellectual Property

Technology transfer and commercialization

A substantial amount of research is being conducted at Western Michigan University resulting in new findings, developments and discoveries that can benefit society. The transfer of these discoveries to the commercial sector is coordinated through Technology and Innovation Advancement, the "technology transfer" function at WMU, and the Western Michigan University Research Foundation. The Office of the Vice President for Research oversees management of WMU's intellectual property and its commercialization through the research foundation.

Contact Dr. D. Clark Bennett, director of Technology and Innovation Advancement, regarding research discoveries that may have commercial value, for securing IP rights (e.g., patents, copyrights) for such discoveries, and for IP commercialization strategies. Technology and Innovation Advancement also provides consulting on how to work with corporations regarding IP issues and sponsored research, and how to maximize research impact by combining publications with IP rights.

Technology development fund

The WMU Research Foundation supports commercialization efforts at WMU through the Technology Development Fund.

Technologies at WMU

Federal government information


For technology and innovation advancement inquiries, contact Dr. D. Clark Bennett, director of Technology and Innovation Advancement.