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Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation

The Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation (OTTI) manages patents, copyrights and trademarks, and works with faculty and the Intellectual Property Committee to file patents for inventions. The office also acts as the industry's gateway to innovation at the University of Houston, uniting UH with start-ups, midsize companies, large corporations and non-profit organizations to bring university discoveries to the marketplace. OTTI oversees the IP Committee, Technology GAP Fund and the UH Technology Bridge.

The Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation:

  • Manages patents, copyrights and trademarks
  • Works with faculty and the IP Committee to file patents for inventions
  • Fosters research and scholarship through the effective transfer of University-wide technology to industry
  • Leases office space and lab facilities in the UH Innovation Center & Labs

The IP Process for Inventors

Contact Technology Commercialization to discuss patenting, trademarking or licensing of technologies or inventions. A disclosure form (DOC) should be submitted to Technology Commercialization at least three months prior to disclosure via publication, grant application, presentation, or other medium.

Meet the Team


Tina Blakes
Program Manager, OTTI Operations

Kimberly Moore
Administrative Assistant

Technology Commercialization & Intellectual Property

Rick James
Director, Technology Commercialization

Chanelle Mack
Assistant Director, Technology Commercialization

Nelson Hawkins, Jr.
Program Manager, IP Operations

Startup Development

Tanushree Chatterji
Associate Director, Startup Development

Darayle Canada
Program Director, Startup Development

Kamesha McNeil
Program Manager, Startup Development