Scholarship in Action and the Syracuse Miracle
Edited by Bruce Kingma
Chapter 4: Syracuse University Technology Commercialization Clinics
Theodore Hagelin HISTORY The Syracuse University Technology Commercialization Clinic (SU TCC) was launched in 1988 after two years of discussions with representatives from industry, law firms and universities. Two overarching messages came out of these discussions. First, successful technology commercialization is an inherently interdisciplinary process combining science and engineering, marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and corporate, commercial and regulatory law. Second, the three main professional groups involved in the technology commercialization process – scientists and engineers, business managers and lawyers – were each dissatisfied with the performance of the other groups. The SU TCC was designed to synthesize the academic disciplines necessary for successful technology commercialization and bridge the gap between professional groups engaged in technology commercialization. By doing so, we hoped to provide superior research and analysis to our client organizations, a unique interdisciplinary clinical learning experience to our graduate students, and ultimately a new breed of technology commercialization professionals who understand and appreciate each others’ contributions. TCC Compared to Intellectual Property Law Programs The SU TCC was developed in conscious contrast to other intellectual property and technology law programs. After reviewing the intellectual property and technology law programs around the country, we identified three main types. One type in the intellectual property field focused on patent prosecution, or how to obtain patent protection for an invention. Another type focused on public policies underlying intellectual property protection and their effects on the progress of science and engineering, artistic creation and market competition. A third, and related, type focused on new technologies...
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