What is the relationship between an inventor and a licensee, and how much of my time will it require?

Most licensees require the active assistance of the inventor to facilitate their commercialization efforts. This can range from infrequent, informal contacts to a more formal consulting relationship. Working with a new business startup can require substantially more time, depending on your role in or with the company and your continuing role within Yale. Your participation with a startup is governed by Yale’s conflict of interest policies and the approval of your supervisor. View more information on Yale’s policies on conflict of interest.