The Office of Research (OR) is the University office charged with management of SMU’s intellectual property (IP). OR collaborates with General Counsel at SMU and retains outside counsel to assess, protect, and commercialize intellectual property.
Faculty, Staff, and students who create intellectual property should submit an Invention Disclosure. Log in to Wellspring Sophia technology transfer software with your SMU credentials. See the Online Invention Disclosure Submission tutorial for detailed instructions.
After disclosure, an invention review and market assessment is provided by the OR.
Protect & Transfer IP
If the concept, data, or technology is deemed commercially viable and of interest to the University, the University will file a patent application. OR manages IP through:
- Patent Filing
- Negotiation of licenses for commercial use
- Other agreements