The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) 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.
WPI researchers collaborate across disciplines on state-of the-art solutions to critical industrial, medical, and environmental problems. The resulting commercial relevance of their ideas is one of the ways we measure success in our research programs. Our resources help them maximize their marketability and market potential.
The OTC works closely with the Tech Advisors Network to help inventors market their idea or invention. Additionally, the OTC acts as the point of contact for faculty expertise, and partners with the Office of Sponsored Programs to negotiate intellectual property conditions in sponsored research agreements..
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WPI Accelerator Fund
The OTC now has resources to provide early investments in promising technologies and ventures, including the Accelerate WPI program. 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 OTC, 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.