Early contact with the Technology Management & Innovation Office (email@example.com) 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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org .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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.