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Individuals at Northwestern, including faculty, post-docs and student, are required to disclose many inventions to INVO according to the University’s Patent and Invention Policy. The to main criteria for invention eligibility are: (1) the inventor makes a discovery within the normal field fo his or her employment responsibility and activity at the University; and (2) the inventor makes use of University resources. By disclosing it, INVO can protect your invention and comply with sponsored research agreements that require reporting.
Student Inventors are governed by Northwestern’s Patent and Invention policy. To determine if your invention or your involvement in a faculty invention is covered, and to formalize ownership of your invention if it is not, visit our Student Inventors webpage.
INVO can help you with process of formally disclosing your invention, filing a patent application and execute contracts and agreements.
Use the slideshow below to see the disclosure and patent application process, which includes submitting your disclosure, filing a provisional patent application, filing a non-provisional patent application and responding to actions by the US Patent Office. Please keep in mind that all invention disclosures may not go through this entire process.
INVO handles several types of agreements as part of the technology transfer process. These include the Confidential Disclosure Agreement, option agreement, license agreement and Inter-Institutional Agreement. INVO also works closely with other departments like OSR with regard to corporate collaborative agreements.