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Invention disclosure as a precursor to patent application

The Invention Disclosure Form is the basis for deciding whether to file a patent application.

The TTO examines each Invention Disclosure to review: the novelty of the invention, the protectability and marketability of potential products or services, the relationship to related intellectual property, the size and growth potential of the relevant market, the amount of time and money required for further development, the pre-existing rights associated with the intellectual property, and the potential competition from other products/technologies.

If the TTO decides not to pursue patent protection or actively market the invention, and the inventor(s) decide to file the patent from their own resources (not a third party), then the University may transfer ownership to them. Please refer to the University’s regulations on intellectual property rights as set out in the IPR Policy.