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Your discovery is in good hands. INVO can help you with the process of formally disclosing your invention, filing a patent application and executing contracts and agreements.

Access all resources in our Invention Disclosure section.

Guidance from start to finish

The process of disclosing an invention and working with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is not always straightforward. Use the following information to guide you through the process.

INVO services for inventors

Beyond patent and marketing of inventions.

Learn more about the following services INVO provides inventors.

Execution of Agreements      Training & Support     ACCESS RELEVANT POLICIES & FORMS

Who can use INVO services?

Northwestern inventors include faculty, staff, and students, all of whom are invited to participate and explore access to a number of INVO programs and resources.

Northwestern faculty affiliated with any school on the Evanston or Chicago campus are eligible.  The majority of our inventions have been disclosed by faculty at Feinberg, McCormick, Weinberg and Medill. 

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Northwestern students

Student inventors can and should disclose inventions to INVO. Depending on how the discovery was made and what resources were used, student discoveries may be owned by the University. See procedures specific to student inventions.

Clinicians at affiliate institutions

INVO services extend to our affiliate institutions, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Lurie Children's. Clinicians can disclose their inventions to INVO and participate in our programs and resources.
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