By Amy Jones | Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) faculty, staff and students interested in technology transfer now have a one-stop resource at their fingertips.

The Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HIIE), has launched a revamped website, designed to quickly and effortlessly meet the needs of UAB faculty, staff and students interested in information about protecting intellectual property. The Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship entrance and signage.The Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently launched a new website.

HIIE Executive Director Kathy Nugent said the new website is a culmination of recent efforts to revitalize the institute and its mission.

“At the Harbert Institute, we have gathered a fresh, vibrant team fully dedicated to assisting UAB’s inventors and protecting the intellectual property created on this campus,” she said. “It is essential that our website, which is the face we present to the world, reflects our innovative perspective on the work we do.”

The website, found at, incorporates several new features to support UAB inventors wherever they find themselves on their entrepreneurial journey. Such features include:

  • A permanent “Disclose your invention” button in the horizontal navigation menu at the top of every webpage, so the ability to disclose intellectual property is always within one click.
  • A “Types of Intellectual Property” page which offers definitions of different kinds of intellectual property (IP) or inventions, as well as a link to the new HIIE Inventors’ Guide.
  • Revised information on funding and support at the local, state and federal level.
  • A photo gallery of present and past Innovate Fellows, as well as information on participating in the program. Innovate Fellows are graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who help the Harbert Institute team analyze the newest inventions on campus while also exploring careers within technology transfer.
  • A page on UAB’s new National Academy of Inventors chapter. The page also has information on UAB’s eight National Academy of Inventors Fellows and the local chapter inductees.
  • An interactive timeline showcasing milestones in the history of the HIIE.
  • Revamped and reorganized frequently asked questions, touching upon patents, patent policy, licensing, agreements and start-ups, among other topics.