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Intellectual Property

Technology Transfer

Patent Information

The University of Denver subscribes to the innovation model for technology transfer where inventors are given substantial incentives to carry  out  the  innovation and help move it forward.  If you have questions regarding patents at the University of Denver, please contact the Technology Transfer Office either by telephone (303-871-4230) or email ( ).

Invention Recognition and Disclosure

The initial phase of the process of transferring inventions from the laboratory to industry and the public is invention recognition and disclosure. Invention recognition or identification is the single most important step in the invention based technology transfer process, and can often be accomplished by the simple application of two questions; namely, "Is the discovery new?" and "Is the discovery or finding useful?" When an investigator obtains a positive answer to both of these questions, disclosure to the appropriate institutional administrator responsible for handling inventions or intellectual property is clearly indicated. When should investigators invoke these two questions? Earlier is nearly always better than later. The optimal times to ask the questions - "Is it new?" and "Is it useful?" - are each time an experiment or line of inquiry has been completed. Other critical periods are during the preparation of manuscripts, presentations and proposals. The submission of a manuscript represents a late, but obvious event that should also trigger invention recognition. Asking these questions after public disclosure of a discovery or invention in the form of an oral presentation, an article, an abstract, a poster session, or a thesis or dissertation may be too late.

An invention disclosure is a written document prepared to describe an invention. Disclosure should be in sufficient detail to permit evaluation of 1) the scientific and technical merit of the invention, 2) whether and how the invention can be protected, and 3) its commercial value.

Please review the The University of Denver Invention Disclosure Form (.pdf)