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Protect Your Intellectual Property

The commercialization of technology is a multi-stage process with the goal of finding suitable applications in the marketplace. Below is an outline of the steps.

  • Discovery or innovation (by University researchers)
  • Invention disclosure
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Partner with a company interested in and capable of developing the innovation
  • License agreement, possibly accompanied by sponsored research
  • Product development by the company
  • Sales of products or services based upon University innovations

The first step toward formally protecting your work and capturing your innovation is downloading and submitting the:

Online Invention Disclosure

We will work to assess the type of intellectual property that might be available and determine whether the innovation is patentable. We will also assess the commercial potential to determine if a market exists, what competition exists, and whether the innovation is ready for commercialization. We will keep you informed every step of the way. Indeed, it is important that the creator participate in the process since no one knows the innovation better than its creator. If you want more information, read the overview on our policy for IP ownership. If you would like assistance filling out the form, please contact our office and we will address any questions you have.

Additional Intellectual Property Information & Resources

You will find more information on protecting your research discoveries through the following organizations:

Protect Your Intellectual Property

The commercialization of technology is a multi-stage process with the goal of finding suitable applications in the marketplace. Below is an outline of the steps.

Protect Your Intellectual Property

The commercialization of technology is a multi-stage process with the goal of finding suitable applications in the marketplace. Below is an outline of the steps.

  • Discovery or innovation (by University researchers)
  • Invention disclosure
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Partner with a company interested in and capable of developing the innovation
  • License agreement, possibly accompanied by sponsored research
  • Product development by the company
  • Sales of products or services based upon University innovations

The first step toward formally protecting your work and capturing your innovation is downloading and submitting the:

Online Invention Disclosure

We will work to assess the type of intellectual property that might be available and determine whether the innovation is patentable. We will also assess the commercial potential to determine if a market exists, what competition exists, and whether the innovation is ready for commercialization. We will keep you informed every step of the way. Indeed, it is important that the creator participate in the process since no one knows the innovation better than its creator. If you want more information, read the overview on our policy for IP ownership. If you would like assistance filling out the form, please contact our office and we will address any questions you have.

Additional Intellectual Property Information & Resources

You will find more information on protecting your research discoveries through the following organizations: