This research displays the utility of innovation commercialization projects as part of graduate coursework. Commercialization of university innovation is frequently assisted by technology licensing or transfer offices (TLOs and TTOs). This paper suggests that some TLO and TTO responsibilities can be successfully shifted to graduate coursework to the benefit of all parties. TLOs and TTOs often work on long lists of candidate innovations developed by faculty, yet students of innovation and commercialization often have a dearth of such raw material. Although some courses focus on product design and development and result in innovations, other courses require those innovations as a starting point so that students can learn and practice commercialization strategies. A review of pilot innovation courses suggest that student access to "menus" of recently patented or patent-pending university technologies can lead to improved student learning, reduced costs, and faster commercialization.
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