The Licensing Process

Our licensing officers are here to help. Give us a call.

Meet the licensing officers at UF Innovate | Tech Licensing: John Byatt, from left, Lenny Terry, April Kilburn, Zahara Jaffer, Rick Croley and Anita Rao. The licensing officers handle specific types of inventions and works; when you disclose to our office, the licensing officer in your field will reach out to you.

What happens after I disclose an invention?

UF Innovate | Tech Licensing works with outside law firms to determine the patentability and marketability of your invention. Together, we will determine the best protection strategy for technologies likely to become commercialized. The licensing team will decide to exert or waive rights to your invention within 120 days from disclosure as specified in the UF Intellectual Property Policy.

Of course, the process is more involved than this, but these are the highlights.

From lab to market

  • UF Innovate¬†staff review the disclosure.
  • A secretary will contact you to set up a meeting with a licensing team
  • The team will assist you in evaluating patentability and commercial potential; you remain an integral part of the process
  • The licensing officer decides whether to protect your invention or waive the university’s rights to your invention
  • The marketing team drafts a nonconfidential description and targets companies for licensing
  • The licensing officer negotiates a license with an outside company
  • UF distributes revenue based on IP Policy
  • Contract managers monitor agreement milestones for compliance

Distribution of net income from works and inventions

With regard to any work or invention owned by the University, net income less any foreseeable development expenses the University or UFRF deems necessary to defend or maintain the work or invention (“net adjusted income”) will be distributed as follows:

For net adjusted income up to $500,000:

  • 40% individual creator(s)
  • 10% program(s)
  • 7.5% creator(s)’s department
  • 7.5% creator(s)’s college
  • 35% VPR or UFRF

For net adjusted income $500,000 or over:

  • 25% individual creator(s)
  • 10% program
  • 10% creator(s)’s department
  • 10% creator(s)’s college
  • 45% VPR or UFRF

Questions? See these documents:

Or call UF Innovate | Tech Licensing, 352-392-8929. We will be happy to help.