FAMU Tech Transfer

Django
Python
Web Application

When the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University needed a software partner to develop their patented technology transfer solution, they knew they required a firm with unique talents.

FAMU needed a team that understood not only how to design and build their software, but most importantly, consult them on the delicate process of software commercialization.

They made one phone call. They called Cuttlesoft.

The software, called the Digital Technology Transfer Department (DTTD for short), was conceived from years of research by Ms. Tanaga Boozer. It’s purpose? To move online the important but sometimes tedious work of IP licensing and patenting for technology transfer offices at HBCUs.

The DTTD creates an immersive way for patent attorneys and technology officers to connect with inventors and academic researchers and provides a platform for efficiently transforming ideas into patents. Cuttlesoft began by converting the patent, filed by Ms. Boozer in 2007, into a vision for how a modern web application would be conceived. To do this, the team took two approaches.

The company's expertise, their attention to details and their ability to listen stood out. They processed information in order to deliver exactly what was needed. They're outstanding. Reis Alsberry Director of Technology Transfer

First, the analysis team thoroughly documented and illustrated every step of the journey an inventor’s application follows on its path from idea to patent. Second, the design and software experts examined the personas of the system’s five unique actors: Inventors, Technology Transfer Officers, Technology Transfer Administrators, Patent Attorneys, and Service Vendors. These perspectives would insure that Cuttlesoft could maintain a user-centric approach to designing and developing this very important application.

Development of the DTTD project focused on three fundamentals: user experience, scalability, and growth support.

One of Cuttlesoft’s biggest challenges with the project was how to introduce the various actors to the system. To accomplish this, the development team dedicated time to properly architect the user and entity data models so that they could be maintained with integrity well into the future. Landing pages and discrete registration views welcome inventors and attorneys equally but provide a unique experience with their first visit to the site. All this is maintained by an administrator portal so each institution can personalize their message.

Cuttlesoft researched how I collect information from inventors, the process I use to store that data, and the criteria to classify and recall it. They kept this confidential and secure for the university and the inventor with new intellectual property to disclose.

With the DTTD, FAMU set out to transform how HBCUs manage their IP. By working with Cuttlesoft, they’re building that transformation into a beautifully designed and highly scalable software tool.

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