Technology Commercialization

Project Status Questionnaire

You may have been directed to this section to answer questions that will assist Office of Innovation & Commercialization (OIC) personnel and/or commercialization assistance advisors in their overall review of your project.

You may have recently submitted a proposal for UC San Diego-based grant funding or a request for other commercialization-oriented assistance. The science, engineering and medical-related elements of your proposal will be reviewed separately.

The intention of this questionnaire is to assist in the determination of the stage of your research project...


Secondarily, your answers will provide you and an advisor a starting point for the assessment of the commercialization potential that exists for the technology and application you are developing.

Please review the questions before downloading the questionnaire. For assistance in answering these questions, accompanying web links will take you to other sections within this website that contain relevant educational content.

The questions are grouped by content and in an order roughly correlating with the typical progression of research and development, with one notable exception: Concept definition, IP development, and early-stage prototyping is recommended to be accompanied with early (parallel) initiation of Customer Needs definition. It is now accepted that this approach leads to better targeted and more efficient prototype development, as well as to more realistic business planning.

Note: Once you are prepared to answer the questions, download and complete the questionnaire and save the document in a pdf form. Then e-mail the pdf form to [e-mail address to be provided].

[A] Invention Description & Intellectual Property Status

  1. Briefly describe the proposed product or service that will utilize your technology, as well as the field of its intended application.
    SEE: What Should You Know About Commercialization?
  2. Do you believe there is an invention associated with your proposed project?
    SEE: Patent & Copyrights Tutorial
  3. Have you published or made a public presentation on the above invention(s) prior to the filing of a provisional or full patent application?
    SEE: Patent & Copyrights Tutorial
  4. Have you filed an invention disclosure with UC San Diego OIC?
    SEE: Importance of Intellectual Property
  5. Has a TTO Licensing Officer filed for patent protection on your invention?
    SEE: Importance of Intellectual Property
  6. If applicable, provide dates of any provisional or full patent filings, and describe any significant office actions by the patent office that may have occurred.
    SEE: Patent & Copyrights Tutorial
  7. Briefly describe any history of grants you may have received in this area of research.
  8. Briefly describe any agreements that might affect the ownership of intellectual property (IP) associated with this project.
    SEE: Importance of Intellectual Property
  9. Is the TTO marketing such IP, or have you secured the rights to that IP through a license agreement with the University?
    SEE: Importance of Intellectual Property

[B] R&D Status & Potential Market Opportunity

  1.  What are the specific improvements your proposed product would offer compared to the state-of-the-art, or the specific problem that exists, which your product will address?
    SEE: Customer Needs Assessment, Competition Analysis, Value Proposition
  2. Briefly describe the status of your research and/or prototype development. What level of feasibility demonstration have you attained?
    SEE: POC Demo Expectations
  3. What is your estimate of the size of the market opportunity for your proposed product?
    SEE: Market Research, Market Segmentation and Pricing
  4. Who are the leading competitors (and their respective products) currently serving the market you have targeted?
    SEE: Market Research, Customer Needs, Competition Analysis

[C] Commercialization Path Options

  1.  Do you, or any member of your research team, have a relationship with an influential potential customer, industry-experienced advisor, or potential industry licensee or partner?
  2. Do you, or any significant member of your research team, have experience in commercializing high technology products?
  3. Have you defined the potential commercialization path for your technology?
    SEE: Industry Out-Licensing, New Company Formation, What Should You Know About Commercialization?
  4. If you have decided to pursue the formation of a startup company, have you started the process of incorporation and raising capital?
    SEE: Are You Ready? Company Formation & Capitalization, Legal & Accounting
  5. What sources of funding are you pursuing to finance your company?
    SEE: Early-Stage Financing
  6. Have you initiated contact with potential investors?
    SEE: Raising Capital
  7. If your technology is medical-related, have you identified what would be the appropriate regulatory pathway?
    SEE: FDA Medical Device Classifications, Wireless Medical Devices, FDA Medical Device Approval Requirements, Drug & Combination Products

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