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Workshop Raises Awareness of Intellectual Property and Commercialization

April 12, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –The Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach (RCO) is reaching out to faculty and researchers interested in finding out more about intellectual property or how to take research concepts to the commercial market.

In two identical workshops this week – Thursday, April 14, 3-5 p.m. and Friday, April 15, 9-11 a.m. in the O’Connor Building, Room 135 – RCO staff is inviting the campus community from all disciplines to hear about the benefits of intellectual property to research and commercialization through new ventures and to learn more about relevant System policies and procedures. The workshop will feature speakers from Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization and will have a Q&A session.

“In RCO, one of our goals is to promote a creative and entrepreneurial culture and to guide commercialization efforts, in order to ensure that new ideas, discoveries and technologies are used in the best interest of the public we all serve,” said Dr. Ahmed Mahdy, Associate Vice President for Research, Commercialization and Outreach.

As A&M-Corpus Christi is growing, so are the number of inventions, copyrightable work and tangible research properties from all disciplines. According to RCO records, there has been a 57 percent increase in the last six years.

One of those is SituMap, a mapping application that allows first responders to rapidly and effortlessly view an emergency situation through a digital command center. Developed by Dr. Richard Smith, Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science and Geospatial Surveying, the app is available for purchase through CartoFusion Technologies, a spin-off company from his research.

The RCO office guided Smith throughout the process and helped him establish a company that now operates out of the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center.

Smith advises his colleagues to learn more about the process through workshops like this and by meeting with RCO staff.

“It’s exciting to go from classroom to lab to commercial market,” Smith said. “It’s crucial to have folks like those in the RCO to help you get there.”