The Office of Technology Transfer

The Office of Technology Transfer serves as a point of contact for business, promoting outreach and economic development in the Akron area. The technology transfer staff coordinates invention disclosures, reviews inventions for marketability, applies for and maintains patents, provides for commercialization through local businesses, assists startup companies and arranges for the licensing of University technology and inventions to independent businesses.

The work of The University of Akron Office of Technology Transfer has gained national recognition. In connection with the efforts of OTT and the University of Akron Research Foundation, UA was:

  • Ranked #61 of the top 225 US research institutions for university technology transfer and commercialization activities, according to a 2017 Milken Institute study on Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer
  • National recognition for tech transfer and licensing efficiency in 2007, when compared to U.S. universities without medical schools, according to the Association of University Technology Managers
  • Named an “exemplary institution” for advanced innovation partnerships despite modest research expenditures and other challenges in a study conducted for the National Science Foundation by Innovation Associates
  • Recipient of the University Economic Development Association’s Award of Excellence in Technology Commercialization

Read the June 10, 2010 Congressional Testimony of Wayne Watkins to the U.S. House of Representatives on “From the Lab Bench to the Marketplace: Improving Technology Transfer”.  

To learn more about UA’s licensing process, visit our Patents & Licensing page.

For more information on UA's tech transfer expertise, check out this article from Technology Transfer Tactics.

Frequently requested forms and documents:
Invention Disclosure Form
UA Research, Copyright and Patent Policy
UA Conduct and Ethics Policy

Goodyear Polymer Center,
Suite 312
Akron, Ohio 44325-2103

Phone: 330-972-7840
Fax: 330-972-2368


Kelly Bialek, Acting Director/Assistant Director Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property Management & Federal Reporting