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Researcher Services

Does your research have commercial potential? Technology transfer involves identifying the best business partner to take your innovation to market.

Have a new technology?

  1. Evaluate the technical feasability and commercial potential of your technology
    At Univalor, we believe that all ideas are worth a look. Every time a researcher submits a new technology to us, we evaluate its commercial potential.
  2. Protect intellectual property
    If your technology is selected and a invention disclosure report is submitted, we start the administrative and legal efforts required to protect the intellectual property.
  3. Establish a development strategy
    Before beginning the commercial phase, a technological maturation program may be necessary to meet market expectations. This takes the technology from the simple concept phase to the more advanced state of a valid and marketable technology.
  4. Develop requests for financing
    Univalor helps you obtain financing to develop a technology that is still at the conceptual stage but has commercial potential. 
  5. Create partnerships
    Univalor quickly develops the best business strategies for establishing links with possible commercial partners. Our commercialization strategy is based on our network of contacts, our expertise in technology watch and competitive intelligence, and our knowledge of the market.
  6. Transfer technology to industry
    We negociate made-to-measure agreements that benefit all parties. Univalor determines the best form of technology transfer (licence, option, transfer of knowledge or material, creation of a spin-off company) for a technology that is protected and ready to be exploited in the form of a new product, process or service.

Technology Transfer Benefits

EXTEND YOUR INFLUENCE
By creating solutions to problems in society and industry, your research gets national and international exposure.

CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES
By developing your innovations for commercialization, you meet people from a variety of backgrounds. They can become partners or point you to new avenues for research.

INCREASE YOUR REVENUE
Half or more of net revenue from technology transfer is turned over to you as researcher from a Univalor member establishment.

FAQ

What should I do if I think my research has commercial value?
  • You should contact your institution’s office of research. You will meet with a professional who will advise you and tell you whether you should make an invention disclosure. 
What is an invention disclosure?
  • An invention disclosure is a confidential document that researchers prepare if they believe their research has commercial value. When the document is completed, researchers submit it to their institution’s office of research. The invention disclosure contains a description of the invention and intended applications, the name of the inventors who helped develop the invention and the percentage of their intellectual contribution. The office of research regularly helps researchers complete invention disclosures. 
Will my research remain confidential?
  • YES. Confidentiality is essential to the commercialization effort. Professionals who guide researchers through the commercialization process, whether at Univalor or member establishments, sign a confidentiality agreement when they are hired. 
What happens when my invention disclosure is turned over to Univalor? 
  • When your invention disclosure is ready, your institution’s office of research will send it to Univalor. A Univalor professional will contact you to set up a meeting to discuss your research and, as needed, to clarify certain points on the invention disclosure. A representative of your institution’s office of research generally takes part in this initial meeting. Then the Univalor professional will coordinate the analysis of your invention disclosure and assist you throughout the commercialization process. Once he or she believes that the invention disclosure is sufficiently complete for analysis, Univalor has 90 days to evaluate the invention’s commercialization potential, decide on the nature of its involvement and inform you, as well as your institution, of its decision. 
How does Univalor analyze inventions?
  • Univalor conducts an initial analysis of inventions using internal analysis tools designed for this purpose. At this stage, a professional studies your invention disclosure. Univalor’s analysis tools allow us to study four facets of the invention: (1) the scientific and technological characteristics, (2) the commercialization potential, (3) the business opportunity and (4) its fit with Univalor’s mission. An important part of this analysis involves a meeting between inventors and Univalor professionals. The results of this analysis are then presented to the entire group of Univalor professionals. Depending on the invention’s commercial potential, Univalor may choose to take its analysis further by referring the matter to external professionals who will offer their opinion in complete confidentiality. 
What happens when an invention is chosen for commercialization?
  • After careful analysis of the invention, and if it is selected, the Univalor commercialization professional responsible for the file will launch the commercialization effort. This usually involves due diligence of ownership of intellectual property, overseeing or preparing different agreements (assignment of rights, revenue sharing) and commercialization activities the researcher may be asked to participate in. 
When can I publish my research?
  • Publishing and commercialization are compatible and can be done in parallel. However, to preserve the commercial value of an invention on international markets, the patent application must precede publication. Univalor pays the patent costs for inventions selected for commercialization. 
Do I have to assign my intellectual property rights for my research to be commercialized?
  • YES. If you want your research to be commercialized, you must transfer your intellectual property rights to your institution. Then your institution will transfer the rights to a company operating for this purpose managed by Univalor, so that the commercialization plan can be carried out. In return, you will be entitled to part of the commercialization revenue, in keeping with your institution’s intellectual property management policy. You also retain the right to use the results of your research for teaching and further research at your institution. 
Who benefits financially for the commercialization research?
  • The researchers and institutions benefit from the commercialization revenue. This revenue is distributed according to revenue-sharing agreements which the institution and its researchers sign before commercialization of the research. Researchers are free to use their share of the profits generated by the commercialization as they see fit. 
What are the possible avenues of commercialization?
  • In most cases, the commercialization of the invention is done through a licence to exploit the intellectual property issued to an established business. A licence is a contract awarded by the holder of the intellectual property rights of an invention to a third party to allow it to exploit the invention. In other cases, the invention can serve as a cornerstone for the creation of a new company (spin-off company) dedicated to the commercial development and exploitation of the invention. 
What is the difference between Univalor, venture capital firms and granting agencies?
  • Univalor is not a venture capital firm or a granting agency. Univalor is a commercialization company with the mandate of managing assets related to the results of research in its member establishments. The intellectual property of inventions is Univalor’s main asset for the purposes of commercialization.
Why choose Univalor?
  • Researchers who choose to entrust the commercialization of their invention to Univalor benefit from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of professionals who focus exclusively on commercializing university research. The Univalor team works to achieve tangible objectives. Each team member contributes expertise, business contacts and creativity to maximize the chances that each selected invention can be transferred to industry and commercialized. 

Industry & Investors Services

You’re an entrepreneur with big plans for your business. To ensure your growth, you need to keep innovating, find ways to make your mark and increase your competitiveness. At Univalor, we work on the front lines to identify the innovations that can help your business enrich its line of products or services or improve its productivity. We have over 400 protected technologies, ready to be commercially exploited in the form of new products, services or processes.

In business with Univalor

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Have you identified a technology that's right for your business? Univalor can develop a customized solution by determining the best form of transfer (licence, option, transfer of knowledge or material).

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Do you want to establish ties for research and development? We know all the players in the research network of Université de Montréal and affiliated establishments. We are positioned to facilitate exchanges and create productive partnerships between industry and researchers.

CREATE A SPIN-OFF COMPANY
Are you ready to start a business to commercialize one of your technologies? Univalor gets actively involved in starting up spin-off businesses by bringing together visionaries and identifying sources of financing to support it during the first phase of development.

Here are the spin-off companies created by Univalor

Types of agreements

Research partnership agreements

A large part of Univalor’s activities involves creating and maintaining collaborative ties and research partnerships between our member establishments and the private sector. As the commercial partner of our research institutions, we are able to identify the relevant expertise for your business in different sectors of research.

Contact a Univalor professional

Licences and licence options

Most of our technologies can be commercialized by granting one or more licences. If the technology is still in the development or validation stage, we can reserve certain rights for a limited time through a licence option. 

  • Model agreement – Exclusive licence
  • Model agreement – Non-exclusive licence
  • Model agreement – Software licence
  • Model agreement – Licence option
  • Excel file used to initiate negotiations about business terms 

Confidentiality and non-use agreements

When we enter into a business relationship with a commercial partner, we put in place a confidentiality and non-use agreement to protect the information about the innovation. These agreements can be unilateral or bilateral.

  • Sample unilateral agreement (pdf)
  • Sample bilateral agreement (pdf)

Material transfer agreement

Sometimes it is necessary to sign a material transfer agreement to clearly establish the rights and obligations of the parties transferring and receiving tangible material (biological material, chemical product, etc.).

  • Sample material transfer agreement