University of Texas- Pan American
Intellectual Property Invention Disclosure Forms
Getting Started -
The completion of the appropriate Invention Disclosure Form is the first step in the disclosure of new inventions discovered at UTPA. The questionnaire serves three purposes. First, it is used as a source of basic information to assist the Office of Technology Transfer to evaluate your invention. Second, the questionnaire serves as documentation and evidence of the creation of your invention. And, third, the questionnaire serves as a first disclosure to the patent attorney or patent agents that may be assigned to your invention and serves as an information base for patentability searches and opinions. The form is divided into five major sections. It is important that each be filled out completely. The relevance of each section is discussed below:
#1 Contributor Information - (Please designate a corresponding contributor who will be the main contact for this disclosure). The information contained in this section will first be used to identify all those who participated in the inventive process. The balance of the information; such as home address and telephone, will be included in various legal documents filed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is also used for distribution purposes should your invention generate licensing income. It is, therefore, essential that each contributor be given the opportunity to review the information contained in the disclosure for accuracy and completeness. It is required that each contributor personally sign-off on the disclosure. If not all contributors are UT employees or have left UT employ, those signatures can be obtained at a later time. However, providing names and contact information for them is essential.
#2 Description of the Invention - Your description of the invention will be used to evaluate the technology both scientifically and for commercial potential as well as to initiate any marketing efforts by the Office of Technology Tranfer. Please be thorough in answering each question on the disclosure. Although some of the questions may at first glance appear to be similar, each is unique. This is your opportunity to "sell" your technology.
#3 Publications and/or Oral Disclosures and Related Background Information - Publications and oral disclosures have a bearing on the potential patentability of your invention. Background technology information is used to assist in better understanding your invention as well as to identify potentially competitive technology. Should the university elect to file a patent application for your technology this information will be provided to legal counsel as part of the application process.
#4 Financial Resources Used/Prior Obligations - Funding agencies, private grantors, and research sponsors oftentimes have rights in inventions. It is essential that you provide the research funding account numbers. The information provided in this section will serve to protect the rights of those who have contributed resources to your project.
#5 Non Proprietary Executive Summary - This one-page summary will be used as a marketing resource by the Office of Technology Transfer.
Revised January 23, 2013