Technology transfer offices determine a university’s intellectual property strategy for patent protection, licensing and commercialization, but surprisingly few have comprehensive internal capabilities. Given the enormity of the investment, the complexity of the work, and the potential revenue at stake, technology transfer offices that lack end-to-end internal resources need a strategic IP services partner to help them make the most of their patent portfolio.
There are myriad advantages to partnering with strategic IP services and translation partners but for brevity’s sake, let’s focus on three big ones:
A Focus on Cost Savings
This is perhaps the most relevant one because most technology transfer offices operate under extremely tight budgets until they can gain patent protection and find a suitable licensee or buyer. If you’re not currently partnering with IP services and translation providers, there’s an opportunity for significant cost savings.
Most tech transfer offices work with several outside counsel firms who, in turn, use foreign associates or external vendors for translations – and it’s the same for foreign filing. You can increase your purchasing power through consolidation because increased volume flowing through a single strategic IP service and translation provider means more significant discounts. A streamlined operation with lower costs associated with the IP makes said IP more appealing to potential licensees.
There’s No Additional Work
Technology transfer offices are operating under tight budgets, and the same is true for their internal resources – they are constrained. Securing your IP worldwide is an enormous effort, so it’s important to note that partnering with a patent translation & filing partner often eases the administrative burden. Consolidation of disparate processes creates a more streamlined workflow. Morningside, for example, has an IP Platform that centralizes IP projects and gives users the ability to get instant quotes and manage their IP translation and foreign filing in one location.
The Ability to Work With Multiple Outside Counsel
Technology transfer offices often work with multiple outside counsels depending on the subject matter or the discipline involved. On top of that, potential licensees usually prefer outside counsel. With that in mind, an IP services company understanding the landscape and existing relationships with many external counsels could be highly beneficial. Morningside, for example, works with 97% of the AmLaw 200 – so chances are we’re already working with them.
Technology transfer offices are situated at the confluence of limited resources and enormous potential, so they must maximize the available resources. As the most significant patent translation & filing company in North America, Morningside has the experience, the ability and the capacity to help technology transfer offices consolidate their efforts, save money, streamline their processes and ultimately maximize their potential. You can learn more about our services here.