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  • An invention disclosure does not provide legal protection. Rather, it is the document used by researchers to tell T2 about a potentially commercially relevant discovery and it is a tool for T2 to gather the information necessary to evaluate the invention or copyrightable work. If you are not sure whether an invention or copyrightable work is ready for disclosure, please do not hesitate to contact us informally. We are always happy to discuss IP issues and the commercial potential of a particular discovery or to answer any questions about the disclosure forms or the disclosure/licensing process in advance.
 
  • Once the disclosure form is received, T2 assigns a unique case number to the disclosure. All of the inventors or authors will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of the disclosure form and the case will be assigned to a licensing officer. The licensing officer will review the invention disclosure to evaluate two key factors:
    1. whether the invention is potentially patentable under U.S. patent law (or copyrightable); and,
    2. whether the invention (or copyrighted material) has the potential to attract a company willing to develop it into commercial products.
  • Additionally, the licensing officer will review any applicable funding agreement, material transfer agreement and/or research center policies to understand any preexisting intellectual property obligations owed to sponsors or other third parties and will analyze ownership, if necessary. Typically, once the initial review process is complete, the licensing officer will contact the lead inventor to discuss the invention in further detail.