UConn inventions have led to more than 500 US Patents — a growing number with 30 US Patents issued to UConn inventors in FY 2016 alone. Additionally, many of our faculty have more intellectual property and patents based on their work at other institutions.
Recent state initiatives, such as Next Generation Connecticut and Bioscience Connecticut, will enhance the University’s role as a center for innovation with a $2.5 billion investment in facilities, equipment, and faculty over a ten-year period. UConn is aiming to hire 500 new tenure-track faculty members over the next four years – many focused on science and engineering. A new $200 million UConn Tech Park with an anchor facility, the Innovation Partnership Building, designed to house industry-academic research collaborations, is being developed to grow industry relationships and entrepreneurship at UConn. These initiatives will provide a robust pipeline of innovation, talent and unique research facilities for technology development, business incubation and growth.
Experience indicates that there is no uniform approach to licensing that will meet the needs of our diverse industry partners. The University is committed to working with its partners to provide the IP rights necessary to meet company goals.