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The Shipley Center provides help to the innovator with the complex process of commercialization through various mechanisms
  • Patent preparation
  • Business plan preparation
  • Market research and identification of potential customers
  • Seed funding
  • Link to private, state and federal funding sources
  • Exposure to alumni with relevant expertise
  • Exposure to potential investors
  • Partnering with related businesses 
  • Regulatory issues

The educational goals of the Shipley Center include

  • How to start your company
  • Where to locate your business
  • How to build your management team
  • How to talk to investors

These goals are pursued in cooperation with SWAT teams composed of students from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Business.

Also to bring awareness to commercializing innovation, Matthew Draper, Deputy Director of the Shipley Center teaches "SB437-Commercializing Innovation". This course focuses on how to successfully commercialize an innovation. While it is important to come up with an innovative idea and develop a product concept, it is equally critical to effectively design and launch the product in the market and ensure its long-term success. This is where the innovation efforts of a large number of entrepreneurs and companies fail. The course provides an exposure to various product design approaches and strategies. Understanding commercialization activities such as pre-product launch planning, market testing, actual product launch, and post-launch follow-up is a major part of the course. These commercialization activities among other things involve developing a marketing plan for the product, identifying the proper intellectual property strategy, reviewing technical feasibility, pitching to investors, and crafting a business model for the product. The course provides a run-through of the complete cycle from idea to market entry.

Shipley Center for Innovation


Patent Attorney, 3D Printing and Mobile App Seminars

Shipley Center Mini-Series Returns

The Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson University is partnering with the law firm Wood Oviatt Gilman LLP of Rochester for a business mini-series called, “Where do I begin!” 

Have you ever had a great idea you thought could make money but didn’t know what your next step should be?  The Shipley Center can play a central role in helping you commercialize your idea and assist in taking your idea to market. 

The topic for October 29th at 6pm – 7:30 pm, will be with Dennis Danella, intellectual property attorney with Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP.  Dennis will discuss protecting your idea through the patent process including what is needed for a mobile software application ("app") patent.  The discussion will also cover the differences in forming a (LLC) Limited Liability Company, corporation, or a partnership. 

The topic for November 4th , 6 pm – 7 pm will cover 3-D printing with Shaun Jones, Technical Assistant for the Shipley Center for Innovation.  Shaun will discuss the benefits of prototyping using a 3-d printer.

Also on November 4th, 7 pm – 8 pm, Craig Basford from Jack of Trade Apps will cover the creative design process needed for app development and what it takes to make your app idea a reality. 

All session will be in the Peyton Hall Conference room, 65 Main Street, Potsdam.

There is no charge for this series and is open to the public.  Please e-mail to register.

Wood Oviatt Gilman LLP is a law firm out of Rochester, NY that represents companies in a variety of intellectual property and corporate matters and has worked with companies in industrial, retail, and medical fields to obtain and protect intellectual property including trade secrets.  Additionally, they assist companies in protecting their intellectual property from undesired exploitation by employees, independent contractors and third-party.