Invention Disclosure

Faculty, staff and student inventors and creators should submit disclosures of intellectual property as defined in the Vanderbilt Policy on Technology and Literary and Artistic Works.

Please visit the Disclosure Forms page to access the form documents.  Specific instructions for submission are contained within each form.

After receiving a disclosure, CTTC will contact the inventor(s) or creator(s) to set up an interview to discuss the intellectual property and address questions the inventor(s) may have.

Evaluation of commercial potential follows to determine the nature of the market for the technology and to solicit the active assistance of the inventor or creator in determining what intellectual property protection is appropriate.  The inventor’s role is as follows:

  1. Resolution of practical and clinical issues such as the necessity for the creation of enabling technology.
  2. The identification of potential licensees.
  3. If the invention is a device, the possible creation of a prototype.
  4. Preparation of a non-confidential Executive Summary that describes the technology, the potential market, and makes a compelling case for adoption of the technology.

If it is determined that there is commercial potential and it appears that the technology is protectable, CTTC will file a patent application on technologies that are candidates for patent protection.

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