Major Functions

(a) Management and Protection of HKUST Intellectual Property

  • Monitor inventions, discoveries, copyrighted works and technical information arising from HKUST research works
  • Conduct technology review and market assessment for commercialization opportunity
  • Handle patent applications and administration
  • Intellectual Property portfolio cultivation and management
  • Protect HKUST’s Intellectual Property rights
  • Organize Intellectual Property seminars for the HKUST community

(b) Technology Marketing

  • Establish contacts with industry and public sector both locally and overseas
  • Prepare and update marketing materials to promote the University’s research outputs
  • Organize open-innovation workshops, industry days and sharing sessions for technology dissemination
  • Organize and participate in technology exhibitions and fairs

(c) Seek Research Collaborations and Funding from Industry

  • Identify potential collaborative opportunities and partners
  • Solicit industrial funding for collaborative research projects
  • Solicit industrial sponsorship for matching government funding applications

(d) Technology Licensing and Commercialization

  • License HKUST technology to industrial partners worldwide
  • Manage and operate HKUST Proof-of-Concept Fund

(e) Project and Contract Development

  • Assist faculty in forming industrial collaborative projects through careful planning and due diligence
  • Negotiate terms for collaborative research projects and industry-sponsored research projects
  • Assist in the settlement of Non-Disclosure Agreements / Materials Transfer Agreements, technology licensing and collaborative research contracts and inter-institutional Intellectual Property agreements

 (f) Enhance Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer and Start-up Incubation

  • Support the creation of start-up companies and entrepreneurship activities
  • Manage and operate Technology Startup Support Scheme for University (TSSSU) and HKUST Entrepreneurship Fund (E-Fund) to synergize with other entrepreneurial efforts in HKUST
  • Develop other Startup Accelerators or funding schemes to facilitate proactive engagement of internal staff and students in entrepreneurial technology transfer
  • Organize promotional activities to expose HKUST start-ups to potential industrial partners or investors