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FAMU Tech Transfer

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.

The Challenge

Interpret a patent for technology transfer operations and develop software that scales at a major university.

What we did

We analyzed both the written patent application and the manual processes that staff in FAMU's Tech Transfer office go through. Once we understood the systems in place and the application of the university's patent, we built a custom web application to take their operations online.


  • Business logic and systems analysis documentation
  • A custom built Angular.js frontend application
  • A backend application developed with Python Django
  • Hosting and software maintenance

Web Application Development






Transforming Intellectual Property Management

FAMU needed a team that understood not only how to design and build their software, but most importantly, consults 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 after years of research by Ms. Tanaga Boozer. Its 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.

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
  • 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 its message.

Cuttlesoft's expertise, attention to detail, and their ability to listen stood out.

Cuttlesoft's expertise, attention to detail, and their ability to listen stood out.
Reis Alsberry
Director of Technology Transfer


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.