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The Office for Technology Commercialization works with a variety of inventions (intellectual property, or IP). Many invention disclosures require time, research, and legal work to be fully protected. Others simply require a license agreement to be drafted for already-waiting licensees (users). The OTC seeks to serve researchers who fall into each of these categories with the two distinct IP disclosure methods outlined below. Disclosing inventors need only to complete one of these processes (Standard IP Disclosure Process OR 30 Days to a License), and OTC staff is available to help select which process is right based on individual circumstances.
University policy requires researchers report inventions to OTC that they believe may have commercial or public value. We make this easy with three simple steps:
1. Download the confidential Intellectual Property Disclosure Form (IPDF) to report a new technology to OTC
Intellectual Property Disclosure Form [Word]
2. Complete the IPDF form
3. E-mail the completed form to email@example.com
A Technology Strategy Manager will then contact you to begin the technology evaluation process. If you want to discuss your invention or ask questions about the technology commercialization process before filling out the IPDF form, contact a Technology Strategy Manager. We are happy to meet with researchers to discuss potential inventions and answer questions.
Inventions that do not require a patent but are ready for commercialization often qualify for the 30 Days to a License Program. This program puts technology that is already complete and in use or ready for sale on a fast-track though the licensing process. Examples of appropriate inventions include:
If your invention meets most of the criteria below, it is likely suited for the 30 Days to a License Program. To further explore how to commercialize your work, please use the link below to describe your invention to the OTC.
Click here to access the OTC’s online 30 Days to a License form. After filling out this brief form, you will be contacted by OTC staff to discuss your invention and the 30 Days to a License process.
Here is some important information to keep in mind when reporting inventions to OTC:
Never underestimate the value and potential of your research. We are available to discuss your ideas and to help protect your intellectual property rights and those of the University. Contact one of OTC’s Technology Strategy Managers when:
Please contact a Technology Strategy Manager if you have questions about publishing and patenting