Office of Intellectual Property and Economic Development

Our mission is to cultivate, protect, and commercialize inventions and discoveries which result from research and scholarly activities conducted at the University of Rhode Island (URI).

We serve the URI community and the Rhode Island Board of Education by connecting the research community and commercialization partners to engender the technology transfer of patents and other intellectual property created at URI.



This technology transfer role includes the interpretation and implementation of the URI Intellectual Property Policy approved by the URI Board of Trustees on November 5, 2021. The URI IP Policy governs the process by which we review, protect (patent), license, and distribute revenue related to URI inventions and discoveries.

The IPED is a department within the Division of Research and Economic Development and reports to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The IPED is tasked by the Rhode Island Board of Education with protecting and managing intellectual property on its behalf.

We work hand-in-hand with the URI Research Foundation which complements our mission for technology transfer, commercialization, and partnering with industry collaborators.