1) Inventor files a New Invention Notification (NIN) Form.
2) Prior Art search analysis supplied by the Office of Research Administration & Development if needed.
3) Application is forwarded to Patent Review Committee (composed of scientists and community members) for recommendation
- University decides whether or not to release IP back to inventor
- University decides whether or not to file a provisional application
- This requires an MOU between the university and the inventor detailing the work needed to be done to file a full application
- If no licensee after one year then the university with either release the invention back to the inventor or decide to retain the invention with or without continued patenting.
- Decision to file a provisional patent reviewed by Patent Review Committee based on:
- Benefits to the public
- Percent of ownership/ ownership rights
- Market analysis
- Other claims to technology
- Federal funding
- Intentions of faculty member (remaining at university, continuing to work on invention)
- Potential licensee
- Potential revenue generation for university
- Other relevant factors
4) Recommendation forwarded to Association Provost for Graduate Studies and Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.
5) Recommendation for approval – Inventor works with resources recommended by the Office of Research Administration & Development to file a provisional application
- Origination department pays fees
- Royalty account reimburses department
6) Recommendation for denial – Inventor may request in writing for university to release the invention; university sends official letter of release. University retains a worldwide, fully paid up non-commercial license for research, teaching, and educational purposes.