I think I have an idea, I’m not sure if it’s an invention.

Please contact the Licensing Officer or the Executive Director so that we may discuss your research. The URI Employee Contract states you must disclose all inventions. This is also mandated by federal law.

I think I have an invention, but I want to publish my research.

An invention disclosure is not a publicly displayed document and will not prevent you from publishing. However you published work may invalidate your patent.

What is prior art?

Anything that is publicly displayed. This includes your open/external conferences, symposiums, publications, and posters. You can invalidate your own patent. If you believe you have publicly disclosed something you must contact our office within 12 months from the date of the disclosure.

How do I disclose inventions?

Fill out this form Invention Disclosure

Someone wants me to send lab material and discuss my work. Is there a procedure for that?

Please contact our office so that we may facilitate this exchange.

What is a MTA?

A material transfer agreement is a contract that allows for an exchange of lab materials/software to be sent/received between URI Inventors and external individuals or companies. This agreement protects the Inventors intellectual property from public disclosure. Please contact our office if you have received a MTA so that the office may facilitate this exchange.

What is a NDA?

A non-disclosure agreement is a contract that allows for an exchange between URI Inventors and external individuals or companies. This agreement protects the Inventors intellectual property from public disclosure. Please contact our office if you have received a NDA so that the office may facilitate this exchange.

What if I have federal funding?

The government entity will also have assigned rights and they are usually listed as co-inventor. We will operate in accordance to the Bayh-Dole Act.

What is URI’s IP Policy?

You can also find invention disclosure forms here  IP Policy