Disclose Your Innovation
Protect Your Innovation Today
In order to protect your invention, you need to first submit the Innovation Disclosure form. The ideal time to disclose an invention to the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is before it has been published or publicly presented. If you feel you need to discuss your idea at any time, even before you fill out the innovation form, give our office a visit.
The innovation disclosure form is a written description of your invention. It fulfills several important purposes:
Helps the TTO assess whether the work is patentable
Helps the patent attorney to prepare the patent draft, if the TTO decides to proceed with patenting
Helps give the TTO and the University’s Intellectual Property Due Diligence team an early indication as to the University’s ownership of your intervention, and identify issues that will need to be addressed downstream
Provides an important record of the date of invention, which can become important in future patent processes
Provides us with information about the inventors or contributors to the work, which is very important later on when determining inventorship
After successfully submitting your disclosure form, our office will work with you to evaluate your invention's commercial potential, including its novelty and utility. The TTO will also help identify potential applications for the inventions. If your invention is novel and has commercial potential, we will proceed with the patenting process.
The patenting process is long and requires regular input and involvement from all inventors. However, once the patent application is filed, inventors can freely publish their work, and the TTO can start pursuing potential licensees.
For any questions regarding these policies, call t: +2.02.2615.3130 or stop by room 2045 at the School of Sciences and Engineering building for more information.