Technology Transfer Office

The Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust Technology Transfer Office (TTO) was designed and created to implement an agile and effective approach to foster the commercialization of locally developed scientific inventions and discoveries.

Strategy and Goals

The Trust TTO’s mission is to effectively identify, assess, protect, market, and transfer the most promising research discoveries from Puerto Rico’s universities, institutions and research institutes to the private sector for commercialization and to benefit the public.

The TTO’s vision is to work collaboratively with its partner institutions to build a robust portfolio of research discoveries and high value intellectual property; and provide deal-making services to move those discoveries into businesses through industry partnerships, licensing agreements, and start-up companies.

The Five-year aspiration goal is to perform at peer average, a cohort of 15 North American public & private universities with similar R&D expenditures and medical schools.

Areas of Focus

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Universities
  • Marketing
  • Research Institutes
  • Intellectual property
  • Development
  • Commercialization

Program Description

The TTO’s objectives are to collaborate with its university partners and to offer assistance, advice, education, and example forms/templates; and for selected cases, IP protection, marketing, negotiation and deal-making services to reflect the university partner’s enhanced efforts in technology transfer.  Areas include, but are not limited to:


  • Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Research Contracts and IP
  • Start-ups
  • Conflict of Interest and Commitment

Faculty Researcher Education

  • Inventor Handbook
  • Presentations on campus

Inventor Forms

  • Invention Disclosure
  • IP Employment Agreement
  • Inventor Assignment


  • Confidentiality or Non-disclosure
  • Consulting
  • Research agreements with IP
  • Inter-institutional
  • Material transfer
  • Option
  • License

Legal Services for Selected Cases

  • External law firms specific to IP
  • Direct or shared support of IP protection
  • Cost management

Resources for Selected Cases

  • Expert technical and commercial assessments
  • TTO information management system


Benchmarking Summary Report (November 2015, D. Gulley)

What is technology transfer?

Technology transfer is the process of transferring scientific discoveries from one organization — such as a university, to another — such as an existing or start-up business, for the purpose of further development and commercialization.

The Association of Technology Managers (AUTM) explains this process in “About Technology Transfer”.

Other Resources

U.S. Federal Legislation

Bayh-Dole Act, supporting technology transfer for discoveries and inventions supporting by U.S. federally funded research.


Dr. David L. Gulley, PhD, CLP, RTTP Director,

(312) 848-1250

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