The chart describes the process that our office has for the timely processing, evaluation, and review of an invention disclosure submission.
We strive to be on par with the best practices of other technology transfer offices.
We will strive to review your disclosure in less then 90 days.
Disclosing your invention:
- You and your co-inventors (if applicable) need to fill out the UALR Invention Disclosure Form to the best of your abilities. The more complete this form is, the faster will the processing time be. Â Â
- Obtain the approval and signature of your college Dean.Â
- Get the disclosure notarized by a notary public. A list of on-campus notaries public is available here.
- Bring a signed copy of the disclosure to the Center for Innovation & Commercialization (ETAS 105)
- CIC Staff will confirm receipt of your disclosure and conduct an analysis report. This report will be conducted by several on and off campus partners as well as CIC staff and will include a report on the technical, patentability, and marketability of your invention. Again, the more complete your initial disclosure is, the faster it will take to complete such report.
- The report will be shared with the UALR Patent and Copyright committee and will assist in theirÂ decision-makingÂ process.
- The Patent and Copyright committee will convene for a meeting where the inventor will present the invention followed by a Q&A session and will reach a decision.
- If the decision is to pursue patent protection, CIC staff will proceed with filing with the patent on the same or next day after the decision is made
- If the decision is that further research/development is needed, CIC will work with the inventor to identify steps that strengthens the patentability/marketablity of the invention
- If the decision is that UALR cannotÂ commitÂ to the prosecution of the invention, steps will be taken to return the rights of the invention to the inventor(s). The Inventor(s) can then decide to pursue patent prosecution on their own.