Should I disclose research materials?

March 17, 2020

Depending on the nature of research materials, some materials such as antibodies, vectors, plasmids , cell lines , mice, and other biological materials  used in the research process may not be protected by virtue of their natural existence. They however should not be exchanged with other outside the university without a   Material Transfer Agreement (MTA). Other research materials in form of databases, algorithms or other mathematical representations can be protected under copyright intellectual property. Research materials such as processes and equipment developed or modified in laboratories may be patentable. It is important to note research materials do not necessarily need to be protected by patents in order to be licensed to commercial third parties and generate revenue. In all cases, it is important to contact if you have research materials that you believe to be valuable, the office will work with you to develop the appropriate protection and commercialization strategy.