Innovation & Intellectual Property

Demonstrating leadership in regional innovation and increasing the impact of university research.

Innovation & Intellectual Property (IIP) within Research & Graduate Studies serves as the technology transfer office for Portland State University. Since our opening in 2008, we have aided the success and external distribution of research projects from a wide range of PSU departments and disciplines, from engineering and chemistry to linguistics and environmental science. Our focus is on use and impact, and we use intellectual property as a tool to shape how PSU innovations are used and deployed in the wider community. When and where appropriate, we also use intellectual property to facilitate commercialization of PSU innovations.

Our mission is to promote the use and increase the impact of PSU innovations through the tool of intellectual property.

IIP is responsible for administering PSU’s Intellectual Property Policies and for managing PSU’s intellectual property around innovations from research and other activities. We also provide support for any intellectual property related questions or concerns that arise around research contracts, relationships with external organizations, and internal intellectual property guidelines.

Our professional staff are available as a resource for faculty and research groups - both to answer questions and to help explore ways to expand the reach and impact of research results and innovations.

Innovation Profiles

From departments across the university, PSU research faculty are generating innovations to effect positive change in the world. Learn more about these exciting innovations and the people behind them on our Innovation Profiles page.

Making A Difference

Innovation & Intellectual Property works with PSU faculty and staff to maximize the impact of their projects. A new publication sumarizes IIP's technology transfer activity from FY 2011 to FY 2016.

Startup Profiles

PSU research faculty turned entrepreneurs are moving their innovations beyond the walls of the University. Read more about these startup companies and the impact they hope their work will bring to the global community.