Date

2010

Degree Name

BS in Industrial Technology

Department

Industrial Technology

Advisor(s)

Louis Tornatsky

Abstract

During the past several decades there has been an exponential growth of patents and other government granted protections given to University created intellectual property. With this rise in patents and other protections, Universities are gaining an understanding of what these mean for the University, both in notoriety and in fiscal returns.

This senior project explains and suggests methods through which students and faculty can become better informed on intellectual property and technology commercialization while obtaining an education here at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Through review and evaluation of other Universities throughout the nation, this project will provide students up to date methods and practices to gain intellectual property protection. With the information provided, students’ education can reach beyond the walls of Cal Poly and into their professional lives.

The proposed project has been developed and reviewed with the help from University faculty members, as well as Dr. Lou Tornatzky, this project’s faculty and technical advisor. The resulting project will provide a several methods by which Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo can improve their Office of Technology Transfer. This improvement would serve both the University and the education provided to students.

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