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Office of Technology Transfer


Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. What are the requirements for a patent and what is prior art?

2. If I disclose an important discovery in a public or private forum, will this affect my intellectual property protection that I am considering?

3. I have an article that is about to be published. How will this impact possible patent protection?

4. Do abstracts and internet disclosures count as prior disclosure of an invention/idea?

5. When is it too early to talk to the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)?

6. Is my idea dead if the Patent & Copyright Committee (P & CC) does not recommend intellectual property protection to the Dean?

8. I have researchers in my lab that perform data analysis for me. Should they be co-inventors?

9. I’m presenting my data to industry. Should I speak to the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) first?


1. What are the requirements for a patent and what is prior art?


2. If I disclose an important discovery in a public or private forum, will this affect my intellectual property protection that I am considering?


3. I have an article that is about to be published. How will this impact possible patent protection?


4. Do abstracts and internet disclosures count as prior disclosure of an invention/idea?


5. When is it too early to talk to the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)?


6. Is my idea dead if the Patent & Copyright Committee (P & CC) does not recommend intellectual property protection to the Dean?


7. I work with educational materials so I’m assuming there is no reason for me to speak with the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). Is this correct?


8. I have researchers in my lab that perform data analysis for me. Should they be co-inventors?


9. I’m presenting my data to industry. Should I speak to the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) first?


10. How do Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) and Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs) work and how do I get them approved?


11. Is there any funding available for my invention/idea?


12. To what extent will the University sponsor promotional activities?