Resources for Faculty & Innovators

FAQs on all aspects of the process of technology transfer.

Browse the OLV Start-up Wiki to understand how to turn your intellectual property into a start-up company.

List of Duke internal translational grants and Triangle-Area networks, funding and incubator resources.

Duke Policy on Inventions, Patents and Technology Transfer.

OLV’s Revenue Distribution Plan for understanding how income from commercialization of inventions is distributed among inventors, affiliated department and school and others involved parties.

Bill Walker is a Duke Engineering alumnus and entrepreneur is the Pratt School of Engineering’s first Mattson Family Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures. His role is to help Duke Engineering faculty, staff and students assess business opportunities for commercializing their ideas and research and develop new companies based on Pratt innovations. Please contact him at .

Learn more about technology transfer through AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers), the premier professional organization for the field of technology transfer. Their website contains educational tools, metrics and information from universities across the globe.


Inventor Royalty Payments

Inventors Currently an Employee or Student at Duke are Responsible for Notifying Duke of Direct Deposit Changes: If you are a current employee of student at Duke, you will receive your royalty payments via direct deposit. If you bank account information changes, notify Corporate Payroll Services via Duke@Work under MyInfo>MyPay.

Inventors No Longer an Employee or Student at Duke are Responsible for Notifying Duke of Address Changes: If you have moved and are no longer an employee or student at Duke, you are responsible for notifying both Duke Corporate Payroll Services and the Office of Licensing & Ventures of address changes in order to continue to receive royalty payments.

** Notifying Corporate Payroll Services: Complete and return the Terminated Employee/Student Address Change Form

** Notifying the Office of Licensing and Ventures: Contact the OLV Finance Manager, William Tate

Royalty Payments to the Estate or Heirs of Deceased Inventors: A deceased inventor’s share of royalty income will be paid to their estate or heirs. The executor must contact both Duke Corporate Payroll Services and the Office of Licensing & Ventures to provide a death certificate and estate or heir contact information.

** Notifying Corporate Payroll Services: Contact a Corporate Payroll Services representative at 919-684-2642 or payroll@duke.edu.

** Notifying the Office of Licensing & Ventures: Contact the OLV Finance Manager, William Tate

Undeliverable Royalty Checks are Considered Unclaimed Property: A royalty check mailed to an old/invalid/undeliverable address and returned to Duke, is returned to University Accounts Payable and is considered unclaimed property until you claim it. Information on Duke’s unclaimed property procedures can found at this link: Unclaimed Property.