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Intellectual Property

Learn if your idea can be protected with a patent.

Determining IP Ownership Disclosing and Marketing IP

Commercialization Process

Inventor submits invention disclosure to Office of Technology Management (OTM). The case is assigned to a Licensing Associate who meets with the inventor to review the technology and begin the Opportunity Assessment process. 

Learn About the Process

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Material Transfer Agreements

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a binding written contract between parties that governs the use of “Material.” Material can be defined as the physical substance being transferred.

Learn about MTAs

IP Policy

Learn about MSU's Intellectual Property policy.

MSU IP Policy


Important forms for inventors.

Inventor's Forms


Some of the frequently asked questions for inventors.

Inventor's FAQ