Disclosure of Inventions Overview

Invention(s) with commercial potential may involve novel machines, devices, compositions of matter (compounds, mixtures, genetically engineered cells, plants, animals), genetic forms, software and computer systems, production processes, plant varieties, etc. Such inventions, and the patents and the copyrightable materials related to inventions that reserve rights to them, are the type of Intellectual Property that is the focus of these guidelines.

University faculty will disclose promptly to the University Authorized Official inventions developed either:

·         With University resources (facilities, funds, or equipment)

·         Within the fields of expertise and/or within the scope of employment for which they are retained by the University

This obligation is required by law in federally-sponsored research. In practice, all inventions must be disclosed to ensure proper management of the patent, proper determination of ownership, and protection of the Intellectual Property.