Technology Transfer Business Continuity Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Technology Transfer Services

All services provided by Technology Transfer will continue. Technology Transfer will communicate if additional time is required due to remote work arrangements of office staff and our partners (patent counsel, technology transfer and research staff at other universities, etc.).

  • Meetings with researchers and corporate partners that would normally be held in-person will now be held via conference call or using virtual meeting platforms.
  • Documents that require signatures will be circulated using Adobe Sign if possible. If Adobe Sign is not possible, signature instructions will be emailed to the signee. Technology Transfer will temporarily suspend the notary requirement on documents that require notarization.

Additional Considerations

It remains critical to provide Technology Transfer as much time as possible to evaluate and protect intellectual property prior to any publications or presentations (in-person or virtual). Researchers should evaluate their work for patentable inventions and report those inventions as soon as possible. Instructions and a link are available on the Submit an Invention Disclosure website. We recognize that publications relating to understanding, diagnosing, treating, or immunizing against COVID-19 are likely to be fast-tracked for public dissemination. Researchers active in this space are asked to identify themselves to Technology Transfer.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deadlines are set by statute and are unlikely to change. At this time, Technology Transfer has not been notified of any deadline changes or extensions. The deadlines that have been communicated to you by Technology Transfer or patent counsel are in effect.  We are monitoring communications from the U.S. Government and will update researchers if circumstances change. If you are unable to meet a deadline, contact our office as soon as possible to discuss options.

How to Communicate with Technology Transfer

Technology Transfer will continue to communicate with the university research enterprise (faculty, staff and students) and non-university partners (government, corporate and non-profit) through the following methods: E-mail; voicemail and return phone calls; scheduled conference call meetings; Microsoft Teams and Zoom Virtual Meetings. If you have a question or to arrange a virtual meeting or conference call, please contact us.

For more information on the Syracuse University, Office of Research business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic, click on the link to view the Office of Research Service Continuity Planning for COVID-19 page.