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. 

Classes offered by UIRF

UIRF offers several introductory courses to the UI community.  Classes are virtual (Zoom) and are discussion-based. 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. 

List of courses offered by UIRF
Course # Course Title Date Time
INVENT What is an Invention Disclosure? 10/21/2021 3:00-4:30pm
WHATIP What is Intellectual Property (IP)? 12/16/2021 3:00-4:30pm
WHATLIC What is Licensing 2/17/2022 3:00-4:30pm
WHACOM What is Commercialization? 4/21/2022 3:00-4:30pm


Course Descriptions

This class provides an overview of the disclosure process – when, what, and how to submit an invention disclosure.

This class provides an introduction to IP, with a focus on patents and copyrights.  Learn about patentability, inventorship, and ownership of IP.

This class provides an introduction on various agreements that grant rights to intellectual property.  This could particularly benefit those that are interested in entrepreneurship.

This class provides an overview of the commercialization process, including setting an IP and marketing strategy.

Accessing the Course

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

Students are also encouraged to participate and can gain access by contacting our licensing staff directly, who will provide you with a direct Zoom link. 


Additional Resources

Inventors 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.

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 Hour on Tuesdays from 4-5pm via Zoom.