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Licensing Process

Stanford researchers generate hundreds of new inventions every year. The Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) evaluates, markets and licenses the inventions owned by Stanford. OTL's mission is to encourage effective technology transfer for the public benefit as well as generating royalty income for Stanford to benefit research and education.

OTL’s guiding principles when negotiating a license agreement can be found in Streamlining Negotiations with OTL. Stanford is a signatory and one of the most ardent supporters of the document In the Public Interest: Nine Points to Consider in Licensing University Technology. For prospective licensees, use Stanford OTL's First License Meeting Agenda to prepare for the initial meeting with OTL.

Types of agreements OTL negotiates can be found in Sample Agreements.


The Technology Transfer Process at a Glance

The Cycle of Innovation