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 the Intellectual Property Management and Commercialization ("technology transfer") function. The Office of the Vice President of Research is responsible for the management and commercialization of WMU's intellectual property
Contact us regarding research discoveries that may have commercial value, for securing IP rights (e.g., patents, copyrights) for such discoveries, and for IP commercialization strategies. We also provide 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.