The Research Office

Wilson Hall
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4486
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(248) 370-2762
(248) 370-4111

Technology Transfer

Technology transfer is the process that moves the products of research from the university to the private sector for further development and commercialization for use by the public. Universities play a critical role in the local, national and international economies through the proper management of innovations that arise from university-based research. 

Technology transfer activities provide recognition for OU faculty and their discoveries, and stimulate partnerships with industry. Successful commercialization strategies can provide licensing revenue that supports further research and education. Useful information about university technology transfer in general is provided by the Association for University Technology Managers.


At Oakland University, we recognize that intellectual property management is becoming increasingly complex and that shared participation among faculty and administrative personnel is critically important to the success of the technology transfer enterprise. The Research Office at OU provides resources and support for faculty inventors through the following processes:

  • Review of invention disclosure reports to identify third-party obligations (if any) and commercial potential
  • Protection of technologies through patents, if both the inventor(s) and OU agree to pursue this
  • The development of commercialization strategies for the technology
  • Consideration of other options that may be relevant to the specific invention

Oakland University was named one of the top most innovative companies in Southeast Michigan. Crain’s Detroit Business reported that “Oakland University was granted patents in 2013 focused on various research areas, including technology that evaluates sheet metal strength before manufacturing, microfabrication -- or fabrication of miniature electrical devices -- and a thin-layer sensor to detect environmental gases."

Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN)

Oakland University is a member of the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) - a program funded through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Entrepreneurship and Innovation initiative. MCRN is a statewide university network connecting Michigan's corporations to university assets across the state. The MCRN Faculty Expertise Portal provides an overview of the public institutions, research grants, publications and patents that demonstrate the impact of these instititions within Michigan. 

Click here to access the MCRN Faculty Expertise Portal.

For more information
General Questions:
David A. Stone, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer or (248) 370-2762

Michael Long, Executive Director (Mobilization Zone) or (248) 370-2552