Invention Disclosure Process

Invention Disclosure Procedure

The invention disclosure process typically begins around the time of a new discovery.  It is important to contact IRM as soon as you feel you have invented something new, and before making your results available to anyone outside Creighton.  US and international patent laws have certain bars on what can be patented, and one of these bars relates to telling others about an invention before a patent application is filed.  We want to stress how important it is to contact us as early as possible to ensure no rights are lost at the onset.

The first step is to fill out an Invention Disclosure Form, available here.  This can be filled out electronically or physically, and then returned to IRM.  Please note that all applicable fields must be filled out, including the signature block.

After we receive a completed Invention Disclosure Form, we will create an electronic record in our database and begin the process of assessing the patentability and commercial potential of the invention.  This will in no way be a study of the academic merit of the invention.  This assessment allows us to see how different legal issues may affect our ability to obtain a patent and if there is a significant market size for the invention.  We welcome inventor involvement throughout this analysis.

If patentability and commercial potential both look promising we will work with external counsel to file a patent application, and begin the process of looking for an industry partner to champion the invention.  Ideally a potential licensee is found and IRM will negotiate an agreement whereby the licensee gets rights in the patent in exchange for a revenue stream that comes to Creighton.  The revenue stream would be distributed according to Creighton's Intellectual Property Policy (Section 4.2.3 (F)).

Please contact IRM with any questions about this process.