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Modes to protect university research for tech transfer have shifted dramatically

By BECKY GILLETTE

The field of technology transfer from higher education to business and commercial developments once focused strongly on obtaining patents for products developed by university research. Today, there are many commercialization projects that may benefit more from other types of protection, said Chase Kasper, assistant vice president for research, technology transfer and corporate relations, University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

“I would be quick to point out that USM has had a great legacy and continues to be involved with patented innovations largely from the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials,” Kasper said. “Intellectual property, generally speaking, is just not patentable work. Intellectual property can be protected by copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. When you are looking at all these areas combined, there are a lot of intellectual assets that are being created by USM.”

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