The NDSU Technology Transfer Office (NDSU/TTO)
NDSU/TTO serves as a link between the University and the NDSU Research Foundation (NDSU/RF). Once an invention report is made to the NDSU/TTO and assignment of the invention is completed, then NDSU assigns the invention to the NDSU Research Foundation to handle the protection and commercialization of the technology.
The NDSU/RF will develop the appropriate patent, plant variety protection (PVP) or trademark applications, and then market the technology to outside sources for potential licensing. The successful licensing of these technologies provides financial assistance to university departments as well as the inventors, and any revenues are distributed according to university policy.
The NDSU/TTO is located in Research 1, Room 124 at the NDSU Research and Technology Park near the grounds of North Dakota State University. Director Dale Zetocha, along with the professional staff, will provide assistance and direction and answer questions or concerns regarding any intellectual property issues. Feel free to stop in or call 701.231.6681 or contact us by e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in your research and discovery efforts.
Mission of Technology Transfer Office
To effectively protect the intellectual property developed in research efforts and to support the transfer of University technologies to the marketplace.
- To assist in technical and market assessments.
- To create confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, and other intellectual property protection agreements with industry or research partners to effectively protect the intellectual property developed by researchers at NDSU.
- To assist faculty, staff and students with the protection and disclosure of processes, products or creative works that may have commercial potential.
- To support sponsored research efforts from private industry and government entities to help outside users gain access to the expertise of University faculty and their specialized facilities, services and equipment.