UT Conference Center, Suite 211
600 S. Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37996-4122
What MDO inventors can expect from UTRF, including an outline of the technology transfer process as we are currently practicing it.
We needed partners to develop and market an invention. UTRF linked us with companies interested in our technology.
-William Hofmeister, Professor, UT Space Institute
The UTRF Business Incubator, 2450 E.J. Chapman Drive, provides entrepreneurs with an environment that encourages learning, growth and self-sustainability. Located on the Knoxville campus, participants learn from both experts and each other as they navigate the complex path of starting and building a technology-based business. More >
Commonly used forms including the invention disclosure and confidentiality agreement.
Receive up to $15,000 from UTRF to develop your invention.
Read or download copies of the current UT and MDO policies that impact intellectual property, conflict of interest, and other aspects of technology transfer.
There are a number of local groups with whom UTRF works who are dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.
Learn about the United States patent system and the effect of public disclosure on patenting.
Videos of UTRF sponsored speakers available to watch online.
Answers to common questions about UTRF, patents, licensing and more.
UTRF works with the Office of Research Administration to process Material Transfer Agreements.
Universities across the country have adopted economic development through effective technology transfer as the fourth leg of their mission. To help University of Tennessee researchers understand UT's technology transfer process, UTRF has published an Inventor Handbook for faculty and staff explaining UT’s intellectual property policies, how the new patent laws affect universities, and the inventor’s role in the commercialization of University innovations. This handbook outlines how the technology transfer process works, covering everything from a technology's conception through its commercialization and what you need to know in between.