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Assistance for Clients

MTIP staff and counselors offer no-cost assistance to individuals or small businesses at any stage of development; from concept to commercialization.  Much information is provided on MTIP's website, however, you can receive individualized assistance at any time. Contact MTIP by email to request services, or call (406) 841-2734.

Types of Assistance

Technical Assistance in Proposal Development for Research and Development (R&D) Funding
Explore several R&D funding opportunities

Commercialization Planning
Explore technology commercialization

  • Understand the options for commercializing a technology
  • Develop a commercialization plan for your technology
  • Find commercialization partners, collaborators or form alliances 

Intellectual Property (IP)
Explore patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets

  • Learn how to protect the IP inherent to your technology
  • Find out about the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Discuss licensing rights
  • Discover the appropriate uses of copyright and trademark symbols
  • Learn how to register or apply for patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets
  • Navigate through the patent search process
  • Know when it's time to hire a patent agent or attorney

Training Materials

MTIP has produced a library of training materials and online classroom which includes guides, webinars and links to valuable resources.

Who Qualifies for MTIP Assistance? 

All of these people and organizations are eligible for FREE counseling assistance from MTIP:

  • Montana Entrepreneurs
  • Montana University Researchers
  • Owners of Montana-Based Technology Businesses
  • Others who are serious about moving technology through the stages-of-development to full commercialization

The Process

  • Call (406) 841-2734 or email MTIP to request FREE services today.   
  • MTIP staff provides initial counseling.  Those requiring advanced technical assistance will be assigned to one of MTIP's field counselors.   
  • An initial intake session will lead to recommendations tailored to each client's situation and needs. In most cases, there will be specific steps clients are encouraged to complete in order to advance their objectives.
  • The effort and commitment displayed by a client in completing these steps determines the level and amount of additional assistance provided by MTIP. 

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