Working With Us...

There are no rules here - we are trying to accomplish something...(Thomas Edison)

August 29, 1918 Thomas Edison along with Ford and Firestone, visited Winston-Salem. (Left) are a few of the image taken on that day.


Our IP: Cost - Indemnity - Diligence - Benefit

The Nanotechnology Center at WFU produces a great many patents - currently about 125 in more than 20 patent families. All intellectual property developed by the researchers of the Center is property of Wake Forest University.  The University seeks to license and develop its IP using a variety of instruments.  University priorities seek to achieve the following aims in its license provisions:

1)  Protection of the University against liability in the use of any product that may be derived from its IP.  Since we are not the manufacturer’s of such products, the University can not warranty implementation.

2) A cost neutral status for the maintenance of IP protection.  This means that costs associated with patent protection are incurred by the licensee for as long as the license is enforced. Typically ORIGINAL PATENT COSTS are included among the fees.

3)  Diligence. The University is interested in having products result from its work.  Thus we ask that some provision for determining progress toward that end be enacted in the license.  These provisions may be based on projected market entry, market size and business verticals, development costs and partnerships, etc. 

4)  Benefit to the University. This usually takes the form of Royalties or minimum payments.  These “benefits” to the University are used exclusively to carry out the mission of the University in teaching and scholarship.  This is done in accordance with our “not for profit” status.

Among the benefits that the University seeks in the licensing of Nanotechnology Center IP is a development relationship wherein the lab groups and corporate partner work together to “launch” the technology off the benchtop and into prototype testing.  Wake Forest University has a long history of innovation and entrepreneurial engagement, the Nanotech Center also has engineering and prototyping capabilities that are unusual for a university lab setting.  We have found such partnerships to provide benefit to both the University and the corporate partner by allowing for a more complete transfer of expertise and knowledge between the inventors and the users of the technology.

Of course not all interactions with us involve IP.  The Nanotechnology Center can provide standardized testing, characterization, and a wide range of prototyping.  The diagram below describes how to utilize these capabilities. 

The final arbiter of SRA and license events with the Nanotechnology Center is Wake Forest University.  If you are interested in working together with our scientists please contact Dr. David Carroll (