OTT Publishes First Bi-Monthly Newsletter
November 10, 2020
The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) introduces its first newsletter, Tips and Tricks, to better keep U of I researchers informed of how technology transfer works at the University of Idaho and how its office can assist with patenting of unique discoveries, innovations and inventions. The first issue discusses preserving patentability and the key considerations in protecting discoveries before a patent is applied for and issued. The newsletter also lists reminders of upcoming deadlines for SBIR, IGEM and other grants, as well as upcoming webinars relating to tech transfer topics. Email OTT@uidaho.edu to request to receive the newsletter directly.
How do I protect my research that is potentially valuable?
Premature public disclosure of a new invention or discovery can prevent you from getting a patent:
- Prior to a patent application, your idea, invention, or discovery is generally not protected — public disclosure now can prevent you from obtaining a patent later.
- Posting publicly online through video, blog, social media announcements or explanations, count as public disclosures.
- Presentations at conferences or in classrooms count as public disclosures.
- Take precautions and only speak generally about your research, keeping critical components or key steps confidential if you intend to file a patent.
- Request advising from the Office of Technology Transfer to learn more about preparing non-confidential presentations, using confidentiality agreements and filing patent applications.
Reminders and Resources
- Nov. 16 — Concept Paper deadlines for Limited Submission for Mountain West Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Network (MW CTR-IN) Program Pilot Grant (Single Institution) Phase 2. Access the limited submission.
- Watch a short introductory course on Intellectual Property basics, from the University of Idaho Tech Transfer Officer (one hour). Watch now.
- Upcoming Technology Commercialization Webinar — SBIR/STTR Phase II: Moving Your Innovative Idea Toward Commercialization, 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Register online.
- Access a free mentor network for academic entrepreneurs, get business advising and get help with an SBIR/STTR application through the ASCEND Hub — an NIH-funded project. Learn more.
About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu