Intellectual Property Education and Resources

A Free Intellectual Property Webinar Series on Patents, Trademarks, & Copyrights is being offered by the SBA.

For small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR program, understanding Intellectual Property (IP) Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, and Copyrights - is necessary to protect your ideas, products and product names in today’s knowledge economy. These 90-minute webinars have been designed specifically to address the most common IP issues facing small businesses funded by the SBIR/STTR program. They will cover all aspects of Intellectual Property protection as well as help you understand your IP Data Rights under the SBIR/STTR grant/contract. Space is limited to 200 people per webinar! Register early! 
Kauffmann Founders School webinar series feature Intellectual Property with Peter McDermott, Powerful Presentations with Nathan Gold, Founder's Dilemmas with Noam Wasserman, Entrepreneurial Selling with Craig Wortmann, Startups with Steve Blank, Surviving the Entrepreneurial Life with Meg Hirshberg, the Lean Approach with Steve Blank and Entrepreneurial Marketing with Anita Newton. 
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Attention UW Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni!
The Ideadvance Seed Fund welcomes applications for the upcoming June 2017 cohort.

Ideadvance Seed Fund is an exciting grant opportunity for researchers and colleagues on your campus.

A brief background:

The University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) created a $2 million seed fund administered by UW‐Extension supporting faculty, staff, students and ALUMNI entrepreneurs to commercialize technology and ideas developed statewide. 
The Ideadvance Seed Fund provides up to $75,000 in two stages to support entrepreneurs as they…
  • Evaluate product or service ideas
  • Explore key markets
  • Validate demand
  • Develop strategies for investment sources
Are you eligible?
  • Alumni and current non-UW Madison faculty, staff or students.  UW-Madison applicants are not eligible, but may partner with alumni or current faculty, staff or students from an eligible campus.
  • You may also be eligible if you are licensing technology from the UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation or from WiSys.  WARF licensed technologies are not eligible.
  • Direct to consumer, retail and hospitality businesses are NOT eligible to participate.
Stage 1 and Stage 2 proposals are due by 5:00PM on April 28.  This will be the last application deadline scheduled for 2017!

If you believe you have an innovative idea with expected Wisconsin impact, contact Idella Yamben, New Idea Concierge, at , or 608-263-3315 to discuss your eligibility.

The NIH SBIR/STTR proposal deadline is April 5th, 2017.  Are you confident you have a winning proposal?  Let us check it out first.

NIH Presubmission Panel Review

Do you plan to submit an SBIR/STTR proposal for the April 5, 2017 NIH deadline?  Please consider participating in our mock panel review.  to indicate your interest in this panel review event. Please reference the following important dates below:

Noon March 13, 2017         
*Registration powered by the Small Business Development Center

Draft proposals due to CTC: Noon on March 13, 2017.  
Email proposals directly to AND.

Review results to clients:  March 23, 2017

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Events and Opportunities

March 13, 2017
NIH Presubmission Review Proposals Due
Center for Technology Commercialization

March, 2017
Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament Team Selection
WiSys Technology Foundation

April 22, 2017
Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament
WiSys Technology Foundation

April 28, 2017
Ideadvance Applications Due
Center for Technology Commercialization

Solicitation and Review Deadlines

April 5, 2017
NIH SBIR/STTR Application Due Date
National Institute of Health
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