Technology Transfer

Northern Illinois University is committed to creating an environment conducive to discovering new knowledge and providing public service through the development of many forms of Intellectual Property. Some of the Intellectual Property may have commercial value that needs to be protected through patenting and copyright protection mechanisms.

All faculty, staff, student employees, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as non-employees who participate or intend to participate in teaching and/or research or scholarship projects at Northern Illinois University are bound by the NIU Intellectual Property Policy. The Policy includes relevant University policies, as well as the nature of the responsibilities, privileges, and options held by faculty, staff, and students pertaining to the creation of intellectual properties. Per the Policy, all persons subject to these regulations will promptly disclose in writing all Inventions that they create.

The University (or its designee) has sole authority to negotiate with third parties for license agreements granting the right to use, develop, or otherwise commercialize University-owned Inventions.


For inquiries, Contact Mark Hankins