Resources for Inventors

Inventors can help make the environment cleaner, workplaces safer, crops more abundant, foods tastier, and humans and animals healthier. The Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the 'innovation through commercialization' process by facilitating a return on the investments the public, the University's Division of Agriculture, and individual scientists and engineers have made in advancing knowledge.

The formal university-industry technology transfer process starts with a disclosure. Faculty, staff and students are asked to submit invention disclosures to the TCO using the forms that are available above. Someone from our office will consult with you to learn more about your invention. We will then present your invention to the Patent & Copyright Committee. The committee will review the disclosure and make a recommendation to the Vice President for the Division of Agriculture.

The more detailed the description of the invention and its advantages related to prior technology (faster, cheaper, stronger), the better placed the Committee is to decide whether or not to invest additional University resources in the protection (usually via patenting), marketing, and licensing of the underlying intellectual property. Please write the disclosure in full, clear, and exact terms as to enable any person skilled in the relevant field to make and use the invention. Patent law requires that the specification set forth the precise and best mode of the invention in a manner that distinguishes it from other inventions and what is currently known and practiced. Also, be bold about listing potential applications in other fields.

Let's work together to realize the benefits of your invention.

For more information please visit our frequently asked questions page.