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What We Do


To facilitate the global use of ocean-derived innovations

Services Provided

The Office for Technology Transfer covers intellectual property protection and technology transfer activities at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The office supports scientists, engineers, research staff, and students in the translation of their ideas into useful products and services.

The office provides the following services:

  • Patent filing
  • Licensing
  • Legal support
  • Forms and agreements
  • WHOI start up company support and venture capital funding
  • Import/export issues related to technology transfer
  • Identify and coordinate funding sources for WHOI PIs (e.g., SBIR)



A Record of Success in Ocean Derived Technologies

From independent spin-offs to WHOI driven startups, see how WHOI innovations are succeeding in the marketplace.