Marquette University has signed a new partnership agreement with Kohler Co. that leaders say will pave the way for more collaborative research between the two institutions.

Marquette and Kohler said the contract establishes mutual agreement around intellectual property, licensing and other partnership terms, which will addresses one of the main hindrances to collaborating on research.

“This is a unique opportunity that not many universities have with companies, especially those with Kohler’s size and reputation,” said Dr. Carmel Ruffolo, associate vice president for corporate engagement at Marquette. “With a lot of the legal and business interests squared away, this allows our faculty who want to work with Kohler to agree on scope of work and their budget, and away they go.”

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