Disclose Innovative Ideas
Submitting a Disclosure Form begins the formal technology transfer process. A disclosure is a confidential document that fully explain your creation, discovery, or innovation so that the Office of Technology Transfer and Services (OTTS) can evaluate and pursue potential options for commercialization. Disclosures should be made to OTTS well before presenting the discovery through publications, poster sessions, conferences, press releases or other communication.
Researchers should submit a Disclosure for all innovations and developments that may solve a significant problem and/or have significant value. When in doubt, please contact OTTS to discuss the innovation and potential strategies for commercialization. Please submit one of the following forms depending on the type of disclosure being made and whether you are a faculty or staff member or a student.
This form should be completed promptly upon the conception of a potentially patentable invention or discovery. It represents the first recording of the invention and establishes the date and scope. It includes a detailed description of a novel invention that explains how it is created and reproduced. This explains the importance of the invention, why it improves on current designs, and what differentiates and distinguishes the invention from other prior art. This is important, as it allows IP teams to understand whether there is any monetary value in the invention and what potential paths towards IP protections and commercialization can occur. OTTS is responsible for this and the template IDF can be downloaded here: Invention Disclosure Form
This form should be completed for any novel Research Tool developed at the University. It is used to capture information on research tools developed at BGSU. Research tools are defined as the full range of resources that scientists use in the laboratory, including, but not limited to, cell lines, antibodies, proteins, peptides, reagents, animal models, growth factors, clones and cloning tools. OTTS is responsible to handle this and a sample can be downloaded here: Research Tool Disclosure
This form should be completed for copyrightable subject matter and any other novel creations, innovative ideas of students. It requires details including the idea of the innovation, the commercial potential and the application in real time. Students are encouraged to submit this form to protect the rights of their idea though the invention does not have a prototype. OTTS is responsible to handle this and a sample can be downloaded here: Student Invention Disclosure Form
This form should be completed promptly upon the conception of a potentially patentable invention or discovery by the students. It represents the first recording of the invention and establishes the date and scope. It includes a detailed description of a novel invention that explains how it is created and reproduced and its potential advantages than the prior art. It is important to submit the form with complete details before a public disclosure to protect the IP rights of the student. OTTS is responsible to handle this and a sample can be downloaded here: Student Innovative Creation Disclosure Form.
Updated: 11/09/2021 12:39PM