You have an idea that could make a positive impact for patients, and are interested in learning about the path to commercialization. If your technology is a digital health tool, therapeutic, diagnostic, or medical device, you are probably wondering how to put proper protection in place. As an academician, there are resources available to you through your institution’s Office of Tech Transfer, and that is always the best place to start. It’s important to contact Tech Transfer early and often throughout your design and development process. With that in mind, here is a high-level overview of intellectual property, or “IP” in the academic setting.