The Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation (OTTI) manages patents, copyrights and trademarks, and works with faculty and the Intellectual Property Committee to file patents for inventions. The office also acts as industry's gateway to innovation at the University of Houston, uniting UH with start-ups, midsize companies, large corporations and non-profit organizations to bring university discoveries to the marketplace. OTTI oversees the IP Committee, Technology GAP Fund and the UH Technology Bridge.
UH maintains a strong intellectual property portfolio that continues to gain momentum every year. For several years now, UH has led the nation in royalty earnings among public universities without medical schools.
The IP Process for Inventors
Contact OIPM to discuss patenting, trademarking or licensing of technologies or inventions. A disclosure form (DOC) should be submitted to OIPM at least three months prior to disclosure via publication, grant application, presentation, or other medium.
The Intellectual Property Committee reviews invention disclosures, advises the President and the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer on IP-related matters, and reviews any copyright or equity disputes.
UH IP Policy
Definitions, processes, and protections for UH intellectual property are established in the UH System Board of Regents Policies, Section 21.08. Read the full policy here.