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Criteria for Technology Commercialization Research Center Projects

Criteria for Research Projects:
1. The project should provide practical learning experience for students that would encompass evaluation of a new technology that could be successfully commercialized.

2. The project research includes technology evaluation, analysis of competitive technologies, determination of competitive advantage market analysis (determination of various markets, sizes, and growths, competitive analysis (company sizes, locations, number of employees, annual sales, product lines, product/service offerings), intellectual property analysis of the client’s technology and competitive technologies, regulatory agencies, methods of commercialization (creation of a corporation, licensing, sale of the product, joint venture, funding), analysis of the above, and recommendations as to how to proceed. A typical project may not include all of these topics, but should include most of them.

3. Client should prepare a one to three page introduction to the project stating the product/service, what is unique about it, competitive advantage (e.g. issued patent or trade secret manufacturing process), and what the client would like from the student team (see #2 above).

4. Client can be a startup, spin off from a university, small company, or large company.

5. The size of the project should be one that would take a team of 3 to 6 people an average of 100 hours of work for a single semester.

6. All Syracuse University students and faculty are willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep the proprietary information confidential.

7. Contact information: name, address, email, telephone.

8. Expected deliverables from the team are a written Interim Report (without analysis and recommendations), written Final Report (including analysis and recommendations), and Oral Presentation of a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the project.

9. Client is expected to meet with the student team at least 3 times during the semester:

a. Introductory meeting the second week of classes to discuss the project and what is expected of the team, i.e. customer requirements.

b. Interim Report discussion about three weeks before the end of the semester. The Interim Report will be sent electronically to the client one week before the discussion time so that the client has time to review before the discussion.

c. Oral presentation the last week of classes. The Final Report will be sent to the client electronically one week before the Oral Presentation so that the Client has time to review the report before the presentation.

10. Sometimes the first meeting with the client is held at the client’s place of business if there is something that can be learned by the team such as product demonstration, manufacturing facilities, or traditional product line demonstration. The other meetings are generally scheduled in MacNaughton 411 on the SU campus. Parking and driving directions will be provided by the team.

11. The students have not passed the bar and are therefore not authorized to practice law. They can survey the field and point out relevant rules, regulations, and laws; but, they cannot provide a written legal opinion. This includes determining the right to use and breadth of interpretation of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets). It also includes the application of rules, regulations, or laws created by any agency, local, state, federal, or international entity.

12. In addition to the projects that are best suited to the students’ education, projects are prioritized where the program director determines that value can be added for potential commercialization.