Education Outreach

We are happy to provide an introduction to UIRF or any of the courses listed below at:

  • Faculty meetings/retreats
  • Resident training programs
  • Graduate classes
  • Journal clubs/lab meetings
  • Undergraduate classes
  • New faculty/staff orientations

Please reach out directly to Mihaela Bojin if you would like to learn more. 

Technology Commercialization Series

UIRF offers several introductory courses to the UI community. Classes will be held virtually over Zoom. Classes are discussion-based and participants are encouraged to bring questions. 

These classes are designed to give faculty, staff and students an introduction to the commercialization process from invention disclosure through post-licensing. Participants will gain a better understanding on how to approach innovation, and how UIRF gets their ideas to the market; by licensing to an existing company or a start-up.

Each class is independent of the others and participants do not need to be currently working with UIRF to join. The series is offered at the end of the fall semester and again in the start of the spring semester.  

List of courses offered by UIRF 2023-2024
Course # Course Title Date Time


Session #0003

Disclosure and Intellectual Property (IP) 11/09/2023 3:00-4:30pm


Session #0003

Licensing and Commercialization 12/07/2023 3:00-4:30pm


Session #0004

Disclosure and Intellectual Property (IP) 02/08/2024 3:00-4:30pm


Session #0004

Licensing and Commercialization 03/07/2024 3:00-4:30pm


Course Descriptions

This class provides an overview of the disclosure process, including when and how to submit an invention disclosure, and an introduction on intellectual property (IP), with a focus on patents and copyrights.  Learn about patentability, inventorship, and ownership of IP.

This class provides an overview of the commercialization process, and the IP, marketing, and licensing strategy.  We will also discuss various agreements that grant rights to intellectual property, which might be of interest to those interested in entrepreneurship.

Accessing the Course

Log in to UI Self Service, My Career, learning and Development and select My Training, then the course #.

If you are having trouble registering for the class please reach out to Mihaela Bojin at  


Additional Resources

Innovators are encouraged to read the article "Understanding the Basics of Patenting". Published in Nature Biotechnology, this article reviews patent basics, application and prosecution, and commonly used terms.

Occasionally, UIRF becomes aware of educational webinars on topics that may interest innovators, such as applying for SBIR/STTR grants, fundraising, intellectual property, or entrepreneurship. Please visit the UIRF LinkedIn page for up-to-date information on these webinars as they are released.  

Innovators interested in forming a start-up are encouraged to reach out to UI Ventures, who supports the commercialization of innovative University of Iowa technology. Additionally, UIRF has put together a list of entrepreneurial resources for faculty interested in learning more about start-up formation and invention commercialization. 

Connect with the Licensing Team

If you have a question or would like to speak with one of our licensing team members, please join our Inventor Office Hours. Day and times vary monthly, so check our homepage and newsletter for up-to-date information.