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For Researchers

If you have an idea for a technology that you think might be patentable or otherwise protectable, through copyright protection for example, contact any of the OTT staff members. The first step in disclosing an invention is to fill out an invention disclosure form (Invention Disclosure Form). We need this form to accurately track your invention and identify inventions developed under federal sponsorship. Federal law requires that the University notify the government of inventions made under federally supported research. 

The invention disclosure also performs another legal function. It serves as an Assignment from the inventor(s) to the University. Formalizing this transfer of ownership means that the University can act as Power of Attorney in future patent prosecution-related activities. For further information about the ownership of intellectual property developed at the University, please see Chapter 5: 5400, Employment Agreement Regarding Intellectual Property: Faculty-Staff Handbook.

Also, the invention disclosure ensures that all co-inventors are identified and their complete contact information referenced. Identifying all of the co-inventors is necessary for validating the division of royalties between the inventors themselves. For details concerning the University’s policies regarding royalties, please see Chapter 5: 5300, B-4, Royalties and Income, Faculty-Staff Handbook.