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Marquette Law School Intellectual Property & Technology Law
The nationally recognized Marquette University Intellectual Property and Technology Program fosters a rich learning environment dedicated to understanding intellectual property and technology law. The program is anchored by students who are committed to becoming intellectual property lawyers. Students choose from over 15 different courses in the program, permitting them to develop course sequences tailored to their individual interests.

Marquette Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic (LEC)
The LEC is a clinical program at Marquette University Law School. It operates as an independent law office staffed by LEC Director Nathan Hammons and law students. Participating students earn academic credit as they counsel entrepreneurial clients under the close supervision of the clinic director, and they also work with volunteer attorneys in the private bar. The LEC has a three-part mission:

  • To provide law students with rigorous, practical training in transactional law.
  • To provide excellent legal services to entrepreneurs who lack access to the traditional legal marketplace.
  • To contribute to human and economic flourishing in southeastern Wisconsin.

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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs 

The Technology Transfer Office partners with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs on sponsored research and the legally authorized representative for grants, contracts and assurances. Together, we help faculty and administrators build bridges between Marquette and our community.

Office of General Counsel

OEE works closely with the Office of the General Counsel regarding all legal matters affecting technology transfer activities and agreements, including patent prosecution, copyrights, license agreements, joint ownership agreements, sponsored research agreements and non-disclosure agreements.

Office of Research and Innovation

OEE partners with the Office of Research and Innovation to advance the university’s strategic initiatives for research and innovation and to provide an infrastructure to support entrepreneurship and commercialization.

Policies and agreements

Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure Agreement

For matters involving OEE, Marquette investigators who need a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement (CDA/NDA) to receive or disclose confidential information to an external party should contact OEE. OEE will negotiate the CDA/NDA terms with the external party, update the investigator and coordinate signatures.


Material Transfer Agreement

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) reviews and manages any material transfer agreement (MTA) when an external party request material from or wishes to send material to investigators at Marquette. Please contact the ORSP and please also inform OEE about transferring to external parties any materials that are the subject of an invention disclosure, patent application or issued patent.


Marquette University Intellectual Property Policy

Ownership of Marquette Intellectual Property

The intellectual property is owned by the university if the invention is first conceived or reduced to practice by faculty, staff or students:

  • working on university research or other university projects,
  • within the scope of university employment, or
  • under university grants and contracts with governmental entities or other third parties; or
  • with significant use of university resources

The intellectual property is owned by the inventor if the invention is first conceived or reduced to practice by faculty, staff or students:

  • if the intellectual property is created outside the scope of university employment,
  • without any significant use of university resources


Royalty Sharing

Under Marquette’s current Intellectual Property Policy, net proceeds are divided as follows.

Net proceeds and royalties

  1. Net proceeds from the licensing or sale of IP = gross proceeds less university's costs for IP protection/registration, production of prototypes, marketing, licensing, distribution, litigation, etc.
  2. Division of net proceeds:
    • 50% to the Inventor/Author
    • 25% to the University
    • 15% to OEE Technology Transfer Program
    • 10% to the Inventor or Author’s College, School, Program or Unit that supported IP creation, as determined on a case-by-case basis

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