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Technology Transfer and Development

Contact: The Institute for Commercialization
Phone: (785) 532-3900
E-mail: nistac@ksu.edu


The following section is a specialized listing of technology transfer, technology development and patent resources available either at K-State or through a variety of other organizations.

The goal is to put information and resources in the hands of Kansas industries and entrepreneurs who might be interested in developing and marketing the vast number of viable and available technologies.

These topics link to corresponding sections below:

  • Technology Transfer is the sharing of knowledge and facilities among industries, universities, governments and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a range of users who can then further develop the technology into new products, processes, materials or services.
  • Technology Development is the process of research and development of technology. It includes support activities meant to improve the product and the process of building the product (or supplying the service) as well as improving the process of any activity performed within the business.
  • Patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a government to a person for a fixed period of time in exchange for the regulated, public disclosure of certain details of an invention.

Technology Transfer

Technology Transfer Resources at K-State
  • Kansas State University Research Foundation (KSURF)

    Kansas State University has an active program to facilitate technology licensing and transfer (commercialization) of intellectual property developed by University faculty. This process is facilitated through a partnership between Kansas State University Research Foundation (KSURF) and the Institute for Commercialization. KSURF has the responsibility for managing the intellectual property portfolio of the University with NISTAC serving as KSURF's commercialization agent. NISTAC is a not-for-profit joint venture between the State of Kansas, Kansas State University and the City of Manhattan, Kansas.

  • Institute for Commercialization

    Institute for Commercialization is a K-State affiliate responsible for licensing K-State and patents, as well as supporting university spin-out companies and services. Their mission is to create and sustain a formal network for supporting technology advancement, technology transfer, education, and scientific research. The objective is to help strengthen regional economies by facilitating the commercialization of new technologies through the promotion of related research and education.

Technology Development

Technology Development at K-State

The development of technology at K-State occurs across campus within research labs, centers and institutes but two organizations, AMI and BIVAP are designed specifically to facilitate the development and transfer of technology developed at the University.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI)

    The Advanced Manufacturing Institute is a Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation Center of Excellence that provides an array of resources to advance technologies, people and companies through collaborative engineering and business partnerships. With a full-service product and process development center equipped with cutting-edge manufacturing hardware and software, AMI utilizes its research expertise to develop and transfer new technologies and provide technical assistance.

  • K-State's Bioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Program (BIVAP)

    BIVAP's mission is to support development of technology that utilizes agricultural resources from Kansas to encourage commercialization of these technologies and enhance rural development through application of these technologies.

Other Technology Development Resources
  • Kansas Department of Commerce

    Looking to take your business to the next level? The Kansas Department of Commerce offers a variety of options to help you expand your business, ranging from direct financial assistance to technical and educational support. The Department also helps entrepreneurs meet licensing requirements, works with clients to identify incentives appropriate for business expansion, and helps assess communities from a business perspective.


    MAMTC provides manufacturing expertise to companies throughout Kansas to improve productivity, profitability and overall business performance.


K-State Patents
Corporate Patent Sites
  • IBM, Intellectual Property and Licensing

    In 2005, IBM received 2,974 U.S. patents from the USPTO. This is the thirteenth consecutive year that IBM has received more US patents than any other company in the world. In addition to delivering these innovations through its products and services, IBM maintains active patent and technology licensing programs.

  • AUTM

    This site provides links to Non-profit (including university), Commercial, and Government technology transfer offices. The Association of University Technology Managers is a nonprofit professional association with membership of more than 3,600 intellectual property managers and business executives from 45 countries. The association’s mission is to advance the field of technology transfer, and enhance our ability to bring academic and nonprofit research to people around the world.

Country Patent Databases
Federal Patent Resources

Most Federal labs have intellectual property (IP) that they are willing to license to the private sector. Oftentimes, the IP has been patented and the labs have produced summaries they post on their websites. A potential licensee can scan the website postings, find items of potential interest and contact the technology transfer officers of the lab to start a process of in-depth investigation that can result in acquiring legal rights to the IP. It is important to note that the labs may have far more accessible expertise, capabilities and IP than are represented by the patents. A potential licensee should view the listed patents as large hints about treasures that may lie beyond. The additional IP may be discovered through conversations with the technology transfer agents and scientists at the labs.

  • USDA Agricultural Research Service Patents by Subject

    This site is the central point of reference for all 100 labs belonging to the USDA's Agricultural Research Service.

  • Department of Defense

    DoD TechMatch is a web-based portal designed to provide industry and academia a Department of Defense-sponsored solution to find Research & Development Opportunities, Licensable Patents, and information on approximately 120 DoD Labs located across the United States. Registered users will receive a daily e-mail taking them to their matching R&D opportunities from FedBizOpps, Grants.gov, and SBIR/STTR solicitations; Calendar events; and Licensable Patents relevant to your business.

  • AUTM

    This site provides links to Non-profit (including university), Commercial, and Government technology transfer offices. The Association of University Technology Managers is a nonprofit professional association with membership of more than 3,600 intellectual property managers and business executives from 45 countries. The association’s mission is to advance the field of technology transfer, and enhance our ability to bring academic and nonprofit research to people around the world.

Fee-Based Patent Resources

These sites often charge for use or membership, providing you with access to improved searching capabilities, enhanced display capabilities, or better data management systems.

  • Delphion

    Thomson Delphion Intellectual Property Network offers access to information for all U.S. Patents granted since 1971. Full image copies of any of 2.1 million U.S. patents issued since 1974 can be obtained. European Patents and published International Patent Applications are also available.

  • Community of Science (COS)

    Universities, corporations, societies, private institutions, government agencies and individual researchers all depend on COS web-based products and services to find funding, promote their work, identify experts, manage resources, and collaborate with colleagues.

  • PIPRA: Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture

    PIPRA is an initiative by universities, foundations and non-profit research institutions to make agricultural technologies more easily available for development and distribution of subsistence crops for humanitarian purposes in the developing world and specialty crops in the developed world. (K-State is a member.)

  • Patent Lens

    The Patent Lens resource comprises a fully text-searchable patents database, containing over 5,500,000 patents and patent applications from the PCT, US, and EPO databases. They started with the life sciences collections from these jurisdictions and have recently added all patent classifications from the US applications and granted patents, and are in the process of expanding to all classifications in the EPO and PCT collections.

General/Free Patent Resources


  • Freepatentsonline

    The FreePatentsOnline search engine is one of the most powerful, fastest and easiest patent search engines on the web. This search allows advanced search techniques such as word stemming, proximity searching relevancy ranking and search term weighing to help you find exactly what you are looking for. Latent semantic searching is also available, and account features let you organize, annotate and share documents, along with other helpful workflow features.

  • Google Patent Search

    With Google Patent Search, you can now search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus and find patents that interest you.