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Industrial Seminar Series: Intellectual Property in Technology Commercialization and Technology Startups

Richard Chylla, Ph.D.Associate Director of Licensing; Director of Engineering Tech TransferUniversity of Michigan

This talk will provide an introduction to the basic principles of intellectual property (IP) management especially in a university
setting. Several familiar examples ranging from consumer products to high tech will be used to introduce the concepts to the audience. Of
special interest to student entrepreneurs will be a discussion of the breadth of IP creation at UM from faculty led inventions through student created IP. Next will be discussed the various ways that IP benefits consumers and society through commercialization including
the special role of startup ventures. Since nanotechnology and microsystems are of special interest to this group, the IP and
commercialization issues in these segments will be highlighted.
Rich Chylla is the Director of Engineering Technology Transfer with responsibilities including the management of intellectual
property, marketing of technology disclosures, and the negotiation of licensing contracts. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan in
2008, Rich had over twenty years of international experience in the specialty chemical industry at Johnson Polymer and BASF Corporation
in research and development, business development, technology management and licensing. Rich holds BS and Ph.D degrees in Chemical
Engineering, both from the Illinois Institute of Technology, has taught chemical engineering, is a frequent reviewer for several technical
journals, and has served as a National Science Foundation panelist to guide government funding for projects. He holds numerous U.S. and
international patents.

Sponsored by

U-M Office of Technology Transfer and the College of Engineering