Intellectual Property & Innovation

The Office of Intellectual Property & Innovation (IPI) at WPI identifies, evaluates, values, protects, classifies, markets, and licenses the intellectual property assets developed by WPI researchers and other significant users of WPI resources. The office maintains close working relationships with faculty and staff researchers, manages the patented technologies database, and facilitates the transfer of WPI-owned intellectual property.

The IPI works closely with the Tech Advisors Network to help inventors market their idea or invention. Additionally, the IPI acts as the point of contact for faculty expertise, and partners with the Office of Sponsored Programs to work with centers and laboratories regarding sponsored research at WPI. Email the Office of Sponsored Programs for more information on sponsored research.

Visit the Office of Research for more information on research activities and collaborative efforts with UMass Medical School’s Center for Comparative Neuro-Imaging.

Download the IPI 2016 Annual Report (PDF) to learn more about IPI activity in 2016, and catch some glimpses of what’s to come in 2017.

WPI Accelerator Fund

The IPI now has resources to provide early investments in promising technologies and ventures. The WPI Accelerator Fund can provide investments of up to $50,000 into ideas with a clear commercial pathway, and is open to faculty, students, or alumni. Contact Todd Keiller, Director of IPI, by email or phone at 508-831-4907 for more information.

National Academy of Inventors — WPI Chapter

The WPI chapter of the National Academy of Inventors honors academic invention, recognizes and encourages inventors, and enhances the visibility of WPI research and innovation. To apply, students must have applied for at least a provisional patent while an undergraduate; faculty must have an issued patent; and alumni must have an issued patent, either as an individual or through an employer.