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Inovaed: A Model And Resource To Help Students Leverage Late Stage Intellectual Property

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Entrepreneurship Education: Cases and Models

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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14.739.1 - 14.739.11



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Douglas Arion Carthage College

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Douglas Arion is the Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Professor of Physics, and creator of the Entrepreneurial Studies in Natural Science Program at Carthage. He is also on staff at the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation in Racine, a technology business incubator, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship education center.

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Matt Wagner Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation

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Matt Wagner is the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI), an innovative technology transfer and economic development organization recognized by the US EDA for excellence in economic development.

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Clifton Kussmaul Muhlenberg College

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Clif Kussmaul is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Muhlenberg College and Chief Technology Officer for Elegance Technologies, Inc., which develops software products and provides software development services. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis, master's degrees from Dartmouth College, and bachelor's degrees from Swarthmore College. His professional interests and activities include software engineering, entrepreneurship, digital signal processing, cognitive neuroscience, and music.

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InovaED: A Model and Resource to Help Students Leverage Late-Stage Intellectual Property


InovaED is a successful model in which students and student teams utilize late-stage underutilized or off-strategy intellectual property (IP) that has been donated or licensed by a variety of companies. Much of the IP is platform – it can be used in different ways in many different products. As a result, InovaED has produced a variety of startups and other ventures; thus, it facilitates both entrepreneurship education and economic development. InovaED is expanding to a broader community, including members of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Part of this expansion involves a web-based system including a searchable database and document management system containing over 300 industrial patents available for licensing. The system enables faculty and students to request and receive authorization to pursue projects using specific IP. It also enables them to contribute and search student project documents such as marketing studies, financial models, and design documents that could be utilized by other students and student teams, or by entrepreneurs under appropriate licenses. This expansion also includes a user manual for student teams, and workshops to help faculty at other institutions integrate InovaED into their courses. The InovaED model and database are now being used by other academic institutions, and additional institutions are welcome to participate in the project. This paper describes the InovaED model in more detail, including examples of resulting startups and new ventures. It also describes how the InovaED model is evolving based on experiences with other organizations, and the current status of the web-based database and document management system.


Technology transfer usually emphasizes intellectual property (IP) from government or university research, which is typically “early stage”—fundamental research relatively far removed from effective commercialization. However, corporations represent about 3/4 of US patenting and 2/3 of applied researching funding; many companies generate tremendous amounts of “late stage” IP. However, much of this IP is shelved or underutilized; most corporations have patent utilization rates of less than 10 percent. There are many reasons for this. For example, a particular idea or technology may not align with strategic goals, or be too small for a large company to pursue. Similarly, companies often focus their products and services on particular market niches. Technologies developed for these niches may be useful in other, noncompeting ways, but will not be of interest to the patent holders.

Arion, D., & Wagner, M., & Kussmaul, C. (2009, June), Inovaed: A Model And Resource To Help Students Leverage Late Stage Intellectual Property Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5396

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