Protecting and promoting world changing discoveries

The Office of Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer (IP Office) within Arrowhead Center protects, manages, and commercializes the creative products of New Mexico State University. Since our opening in 2005, we have aided the success of research from a wide range of NMSU departments and disciplines, from engineering and chemistry to agriculture and environmental science. Our focus is on use and impact: we help to shape how NMSU innovations are used and deployed in the wider community.

The IP Office is responsible for administering NMSU’s Intellectual Property Policies and for managing NMSU’s IP through activities such as legal protection and compliance with federal guidelines. We also provide support for NMSU community members with questions or concerns that arise around research contracts and relationships with external organizations.

Arrowhead Center’s professional staff members are a resource for faculty and research groups – both to answer questions and to explore ways to expand the reach
and impact of research and innovations.

 

Terry Lombard

Terry Lombard

Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

Terry Lombard serves as the Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for the Arrowhead Center. Her primary responsibilities include Intellectual property protection and management of a portfolio of early stage University developed technology, research and intellectual property; screening invention disclosures; assessing commercial potential and marketability; formulating intellectual property protection strategies; evaluation of invention and marketing to industry; and preparing, negotiating, administrating intellectual property licensing agreements and direction and management of the commercialization accelerator program LAUNCH. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at NMSU and a Master’s of Business Administration with specializations in Quantitative Decision Modeling and Strategic Management from Chapman University in Orange, California. She also holds minors in Psychology and Human Resource Management and Development.

Gina Duttle

Gina Duttle

Program Manager of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

Gina Duttle serves as the Program Manager of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for the Arrowhead Center. Her primary responsibilities include managing Invention Disclosures, Patent Applications, Legal Fees, and Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs). Gina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems from New Mexico Highlands University.

Prasamsa Dhakal

Prasamsa Dhakal

Technology Commercialization Associate

Prasamsa Dhakal is a second year MBA student specializing in finance and minoring in applied statistics. Prasamsa also earned a BBA in International Business from NMSU. She has been working as a Technology Commercialization Associate at Arrowhead Center since the Summer of 2015 where she conducts market research/analyses to assist various start-up companies with technology commercialization and finds networking opportunities with potential investors. Working as a TCA has provided Prasamsa great hands-on experience through which she has been able to apply her accumulated textbook knowledge to the real world.

Fatimah Ghassemi

Fatimah Ghassemi

Technology Commercialization Associate

Fatimah Ghassemi is a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering Department specializing in VLSI. She worked as a research assistant at MIT in 2013 and spent just under a year interning for Intel as a Device/Integration Engineer in 2015 and 2016. She currently conducts technology evaluation of Intellectual Property (IP), creates marketing flyers, and builds innovative ways to provide support and education to new inventors as a Technology Commercialization Associate.

Jacquelyn Heuer

Jacquelyn Heuer

Technology Commercialization Associate

Jacquelyn Heuer is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in anthropology, a Graduate Public Health Certificate, and minors in both Native American studies and food studies. In 2014, she earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a minor in German, from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. As a Technology Commercialization Associate at Arrowhead Center, Jacquelyn helps NMSU entrepreneurs by aiding with technology evaluations and marketing research, which enables the entrepreneurs to develop commercialization strategies to take their technology to the market.

Mohammad Golshan Poshrtiri

Mohammad Golshan Poshrtiri

Technology Commercialization Associate

Mohammad Golshan Poshrtiri earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran. Currently, Mohammad is pursuing a master’s degree in chemical engineering at New Mexico State University. His experience working for Malek Holding Company after graduation, accompanied by working and teaching Robotics for more than 7 years, inspired him to join the Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer Office at Arrowhead Center. Mohammad continues to learn how to help ideas become reality.

IP @ New Mexico State University

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 It starts with an idea…

NMSU researchers are inventors and innovators. To ensure the greatest range of opportunities for new technology, NMSU community members should be aware of the Intellectual Property
and Technology Transfer process.

 

The IP Process

Step 1.
Talk with Arrowhead Center as ideas are emerging.
 Although submitting an Invention Disclosure is the first formal step required by NMSU, discussing new ideas with Arrowhead can help researchers explore possibilities for commercialization at early stages. The sooner Arrowhead Center knows about emerging research, the more assistance we can provide in exploring opportunities to move inventions from campus to market.

Step 2.
Submit an Invention Disclosure.
 As soon as possible, and at least 60 days before any public disclosure of inventions, complete an Invention Disclosure, which provides basic information on the technical specifications of the invention, along with testing results, potential commercial applications, and financial sponsorship. You may submit an Invention Disclosure online at the link above or as a hardcopy to the Office of Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer, located in Academic Research A.

Step 3.
Arrowhead Meets with You.
 Members of the Arrowhead team will meet with you to learn more about your invention and gather additional information, such as drafts of scholarly articles, materials for conference presentations, or write-ups for potential investors. We will also answer any questions you have and provide information on the next step of the IP process: the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee.

 

Step 4.
Intellectual Property Advisory Committee.
 The IPAC is a group of researchers, administrators, and business specialists who decide whether NMSU will elect title to inventions developed on campus, based on the commercial potential of the technology. The Committee meets monthly – you can expect to attend a meeting within two months of submitting an Invention Disclosure.

Step 4 pt2.
Intellectual Property Advisory Committee. At the meeting, you will present a brief (approximately ten minute) overview of your work: a technical summary with an emphasis on potential commercial and market applications of the technology. You will be informed of the Committee’s decision within seven days of your presentation. If the Committee votes to elect title to the technology, we will proceed to Step 5 (Intellectual Property Protection). Otherwise, the Office of Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer will take steps to release the technology.

Step 5.
Intellectual Property Protection.
 Should NMSU, through Arrowhead Center, elect title to your technology, we will initiate the process of seeking legal protection. Working with you and our excellent patent counsel at Peacock Myers, P.C. (Albuquerque, NM), we will determine the best means of safeguarding your invention. Your input is essential at this stage– inventor collaboration ensures the best possible protection. Arrowhead will work with you and our attorneys to share information, address questions or concerns, and provide frequent updates.

 

Invention Disclosure

When intellectual property is developed at NMSU, an Invention Disclosure must be submitted by the originator to the IP Office.

The form needs to be completed in its entirety, including sponsorship information, a description of the technology, and original signatures of all named inventors. All requested information is needed to review your invention and begin the patent process. To submit an Invention Disclosure, click on any of the highlighted links, or download the form located at the top of the navigation menu.

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