I think I’ve invented something
As a condition of federal and sponsor grant obligations, and under its Intellectual Property Policy, the University requires employees and certain categories of students to disclose inventions to the UR Ventures office. Generally speaking, an invention is anything made by the “hand of man” that is new, useful, and not obvious. It could be a process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.
Not sure if your idea is an invention? UR Ventures is happy to discuss your discovery informally. Contact us and we will set up a meeting with you.
I have a public disclosure
Before you discuss, publish, present, or otherwise disclose your discovery to others outside the University, please contact us for guidance. We may need to seek patent or other protection of your idea. Public disclosure before seeking patent protection could adversely affect the rights to your idea.
UR Ventures Process
After an invention is disclosed to UR Ventures, a licensing manager and IP attorney will be assigned to your case. The team will work with you to better understand the technology and the field. They will then evaluate the patentability and commercial potential of your project. If the technology is determined to be both patentable and commercially viable, then UR Ventures will work with an outside IP attorney to prosecute the IP. After the initial patent application, UR Ventures will continue to search for industry partners, obtain feedback, and assist in the prosecution of the application. The researcher is expected to continue to gather data to support the application and discussions with industry partners.