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You believe you've come up with a new invention. It's new, it's exciting... now what? Before you publish a paper, present a poster, or yell from the nearest roof-top, contact our office. Here's a step-by-step guide for inventors:
At OTC we are committed in providing timely and quality service for faculty, staff and prospective licensees of University inventions.When an Investigator discloses a technology to OTC, the Disclosure is assigned a Docket number and a case manager from OTC. The case manager is the advocate for the technology, managing the life cycle of the technology from patent prosecution assessment to identifying a commercialization path, and developing business opportunities, with the overall objective of licensing the technology. Criteria used in determining whether to file a patent application:
In general, the decision to file a patent application is made within 90 days or receiving a disclosure. An additional 90 days may be needed to complete the application. This timeline may vary depending on the collaboration of the faculty/staff and their response time for the patent review, and the schedules and the availability of the law firms.
As the inventor, you are in the best position to understand how your invention is novel and non-obvious from the prior art. You should search journals and publications relevant to your field to determine if your invention is new. Many of these can be accessed through university library subscription. Google Scholar can also be helpful. You should also do a keyword search of patents and published patent applications.
U.S. Patents and Published Applications:
International Patents and Applications: