Inventor Involvement

Inventor Involvement

Guiding a technology after license

After a technology is licensed, whether to an existing company or a startup, inventors may stay involved in a number of ways. The university has also established policies to help guide inventors avoid conflicts of interests.

Involvement with an existing company

Faculty consulting

Faculty are permitted to engage in specified private business activities relating to their university positions, provided that they continue to be responsible for the performance of their university teaching, research and service obligations.
Learn more in the Faculty Paid External Consulting Policy

Sponsored research

Alternatively, a licensee may contract with the university for the services of the inventor and the use of university facilities through a sponsored research agreement. Research projects funded by technology commercialization companies must include, in addition to a negotiated fee, university publication rights.

Involvement with a startup

Faculty equity ownership in a startup

If the university employee is approved to hold equity in the new company, the inventor’s equity ownership is determined by an agreement between the inventor and the new startup. University employees who wish to negotiate an equity position with the new company should seek independent legal representation.

Contact Us

Staff Assistant
Technology Commercialization

Thea Bailey

Executive Assistant to Kevin Taylor

Cameron Groff


Associate Director of Licensing
Arts and Sciences | Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Jason Dahlman, PhD, CLP


Director, Intellectual Property and Contracts

David Mess, MS, JD, CLP


Senior Licensing Officer

Frank Norris


Senior Intellectual Property and Grant Compliance Officer

John Cocumelli, JD


Associate Vice President, Technology Commercialization

Kevin Taylor


Senior Licensing Officer

Ryan Zinn


Senior Licensing Officer

Stewart Davis, CLP, RTTP


Business Operations Consultant

Aditi Bhatiya

Invention Compliance Officer

Lisa Siefker

Business Operations Senior Analyst
Operational Excellence

Chad Bahan

Licensing Analyst

Erika Csatary

Executive Director, Licensing

Don Taylor

Business Operations, Senior Analyst

Jacob Decot


Senior Accountant

Chris Rex


Senior Licensing Officer
AI | ML | Digital Health

Andrew Hampton


Associate Director of Licensing
Health Sciences

Panya Taysavang


Senior Licensing Officer

Chris Willson


Senior Licensing Officer
Health Sciences

Adam Schworer


Associate Director of Licensing (Engineering)

Mandana Ashouri


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