Invention Disclosure

Early contact with the Technology Management & Innovation Office ( to discuss your invention is important using Invention Disclosure Form.  The form must be completed and signed by all inventors. Here are the general steps associated with processing of the invention:


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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Invention Disclosure?

Invention Disclosure Form is a document used to provide a description of your invention or research development. To initiate the process, please email a signed Invention Disclosure to our office at: .This document must be treated as “Confidential.” Once received, you will be contacted by the office to discuss the invention and its potential commercial applications.

Why should I submit Invention Disclosure?

Disclosure of your invention starts the commercialization process of your technology. Pursuant to the university’s Intellectual Property Policy, you are required to promptly disclose to the office via the Invention Disclosure Form any conception of what is deem as an invention in the field. Similarly, if you work under research sponsorship agreement this requires disclosing inventions conceived under this research agreement.

How do I know if my discovery is an invention?

You are encouraged to submit Invention Disclosure for all developments that you feel may solve a significant problem and/or have significant value. If you are in doubt, contact the office ( to discuss the potential invention.
When should I complete Invention Disclosure?
You should complete Invention Disclosure whenever you feel you have discovered something unique with possible research or commercial value.

How do I submit Invention Disclosure?

Please download the Invention Disclosure Form from the TMI office link: or by contacting the office at

Should I disclose research materials?

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.

For more details, you can review our Inventor’s guide: