Why Use OTT?


Our Mission

The mission of OTT is to promote the transfer of Upstate technology for society's use and benefit while generating unrestricted income to support research and education.


Why license?

In 1980, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 96-517, the Bayh-Dole Act, which provides that rights to inventions resulting from government-sponsored research at universities would be assigned to the universities.


Everyone Wins

While it is relatively easy to measure OTT performance in direct financial terms, it is more difficult to characterize the less tangible benefits of technology licensing. Nonetheless, technology licensing has provided such valuable benefits. Who benefits from licensing:
  • Upstate
  • Upstate inventors
  • Industry
  • Central New York
  • The U.S. Government
  • The Public


Increase the impact of your research

We assist Upstate and its researchers in identifying, protecting, and licensing intellectual property. Upstate faculty, staff and students should disclose an invention to OTT if they believe their research could be commercialized for public use and benefit.

If you discover or develop a novel method, device, process, material, computer software, or any other potentially valuable new technology, you should disclose your discovery or development to the university as soon as possible.

To officially disclose an invention, use the New Technology Disclosure form and submit it to OTT with original signatures. Electronic submissions are acceptable, but must also be accompanied by an original signature copy. If an assessment of the disclosure is positive, OTT staff and legal counsel will work with you to prepare and file appropriate intellectual property protection and work with you to develop your discovery's potential commercial value.

You are also strongly advised to contact us before you:

  • Submit anything for publication concerning your discovery or development, or speak about it or exhibit it at a conference
  • Meet with potential industry sponsors, or respond to queries from any company or group of investors regarding any aspect of your invention or current research
You should also contact us if you:
  • Would like to start a company based on your discovery
  • Are named as a co-inventor on a patent filed by a company or other institution
A primary mission of our office is to protect intellectual property developed by UPSTATE faculty, staff, and students. OTT can help you avoid circumstances that can adversely affect the value of your intellectual property.



Attract new funding

OTT assists Upstate and its researchers in identifying, protecting, and licensing intellectual property. Upstate faculty, staff and students should disclose an invention to OTT if they believe their research could be commercialized for public use and benefit.

If you discover or develop a novel method, device, process, material, computer software, or any other potentially valuable new technology, you should disclose your discovery or development to the university as soon as possible.