UCAR Foundation Techology Commercialization
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Resources for Industry

The technology transfer process captures intellectual output from research and attaches appropriate intellectual property rights so that inventions, copyrighted works and technical information may be licensed to companies.

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Licensing Process

Companies, start-ups or other organizations that are considering licensing a UCAR/NCAR technology are invited to contact UCAR Office of General Counsel (OGC).

Steps for licensing
  1. Search our portfolio of technologies or contact the UCAR OGC.
  2. UCAR OGC will disclose non-confidential information about the invention. If you would like more detailed information, you will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
  3. The inventor will work with you to discuss the technology and present available data demonstrating the status and performance of the technology.
  4. Should you decide to proceed, UCAR OGC will negotiate an agreement that fits your needs and represents the interests of UCAR OGC and the inventor.

Agreement Options

Exclusive License - An agreement between a licensee and UCAR in which the company obtains sole rights to use the intellectual property. This type of agreement is sometimes limited to a defined period of time.

Non-exclusive License - An agreement between a licensee and UCAR in which the company obtains the rights to the intellectual property for a defined field of use. The field of use may be broadly defined as use in a particular industry, or narrowly defined as use in a single product. Multiple companies may negotiate simultaneous non-exclusive licenses with the university to obtain rights to the same intellectual property.

Software License - An agreement between a licensee and UCAR in which the licensee is receiving non-exclusive licensing rights to a software product developed at UCAR/NCAR/UCP on an as-is basis.

New Venture License - An agreement between a start-up and UCAR in which a percentage of ownership in the new company is negotiated in exchange for licensing rights to the intellectual property.

Exclusive Option - A limited license agreement between a company and UCAR in which the company receives the option to negotiate an exclusive license to the intellectual property after a specified evaluation period.

Inter-institutional Agreement - An agreement between institutions that defines the management and ownership of intellectual property resulting from collaborative research. UCAR requests that potential licensees submit a licensing proposal addressing the following:

Company Background

This section should provide enough background about your firm so that we can evaluate the fit between your firm and UCAR's needs for a licensee who can successfully commercialize the technology. At a minimum, you should include your firm's full contact information, corporate structure, ability to manufacture, market, distribute, and support a product based on the technology that is the subject of the license.

Marketing Plan

It is suggested that your proposed marketing plan include the following:

Proposed 5 Year Marketing Plan
Category Strategy
Target Market  
Positioning Statement  
Offering to Customers  
Price Strategy  
Sales Strategy  
Service Strategy  
Promotion Strategy  
Marketing Research  
Any other component of your marketing plan  

Financial Analysis

It is suggested that the proposal include the following financial information:

  • Profit and Loss statement for previous 3-5 years
  • Balance Sheet for previous 3-5 years
  • Fixed and variable cost projections for the next 3-5 years
  • Sales projections for the next 3-5 years
  • Projected Cash Flow analysis for the next 3-5 years
  • Projected Profit and Loss statements for the next 3-5 years
  • Projected Balance Sheets for the next 3-5 years
  • "What-if" scenarios (sensitivity analysis)

Licensing Proposals

Proposals to license UCAR technology should be submitted to:

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Foundation
Technology Commercialization
P. O. Box 3000 
Boulder, Colorado 80303 
Phone: (303) 497-8870 
Fax: (303) 497-8501
e-mail: ipinfo@ucar.edu