There are many potential paths for commercializing software, ranging from launching a startup company to finding an industry partner to releasing your work in the open source, and more. Svetlana Sowers, Assistant Director in the Office of Technology Management, will discuss the different options, how to know which is best for you, and successful examples from the University. The presentation will also include the fundamentals of technology transfer, patenting and copyright, as well as an overview of University resources that support entrepreneurs.
Svetlana Sowers is responsible for commercializing software, copyright, and data inventions developed by innovators at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She works with a broad range of faculty from engineering and computer science to the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Her time is spent identifying, protecting, marketing and negotiating license agreements for university owned intellectual property. Her portfolio concentration includes patentable algorithms, security, machine learning applications, visualizations, and others. She helped launch Illinois Ignite showcase event, the ready-to-sign program, and mobile development programs at the University of Illinois. Other strategic responsibilities include formulating licensing strategies and managing key external partnerships. Prior to joining the tech transfer community 9 years ago, Svetlana Sowers worked in software development and management at Yahoo! and Motorola.
Faculty Host: Tandy Warnow