One of TVO's objectives is to encourage researchers to describe novel ideas, inventions, or biological materials that may have medical, research, and/or commercial uses.
The purpose of this Invention and Technology Disclosure is to record the date of conception of an invention and to serve as the basis for an evaluation by the TVO of an invention's patentability and potential for commercial application. An invention may be any process or material that is new and useful and may result when research yields unusual or unexpected results.
What is the procedure?
- Download the Invention Disclosure Form. This is an important, legal document and should be prepared carefully.
- Complete the form using the instructions below.
- Email the completed form to the Licensing Associate designated to your Department/Division.
Print the form & deliver a signed original to:Technology Ventures Office
330 Brookline Avenue, BR-2
Boston, MA 02215
For more information on how the TVO manages inventions as well as how any proceeds from commercialization are distributed, please review the BIDMC Policy on Inventions and Intellectual Property.
The following instructions relate to the corresponding sections on the Invention Disclosure Form.
- Title. Please provide a brief title that is descriptive of the invention and its potential application.
- Support by Third Parties. Please give the name of the organization and grant numbers that provided any funding for yourself, others, and the research that led to the invention (include funding from the government, industry, foundations, etc., or other academic institutions, if applicable). Please indicate if a material transfer agreement or other document accompanied the transfer of any material involved to create this invention. Please name the material and institution/company involved in this transfer of material.
Description of the Invention. Please describe what the invention is and what it does, e.g., its general purpose, technical details, advantages or improvements over existing methods or materials, patents or publications by others that may be similar. You may attach or insert an abstract from a manuscript, presentation, publication, or grant application and/or attach supporting materials (for example, drawings, tables, and figures).
In this section:
- Describe a brief summary of the invention
- Describe the unique feature(s) believed to be new and/or surprising and unexpected
- Describe the commercial products (therapy, diagnostic, device, research tool, software, etc.) and their applications that could be developed
- Describe the present stage of development (concept only, in vitro or in vivo data, clinical data) and the next step(s) you plan to take, if any
- Describe what is available in the field and the advantages and improvements of your invention over the existing technology (how is your invention better, safer, faster, cheaper, etc.?)
- Public Disclosure / Publication Plans. Has the invention been described (disclosed) outside BIDMC (e.g., abstracts, presentations in a poster session, publication, thesis, or grant application, disclosure to others outside of BIDMC who have not signed a confidentiality agreement? Is the invention publicly in use, for sale or being offered for sale? Was any material associated with the invention transferred to others outside BIDMC?
- Potential Licenses. Please provide as much detail as possible of commercial entities that may be interested in licensing this invention. Please also list commercial entities, if any, that you specifically do not want contacted regarding this technology and please indicate why.
- Identification of Contributor(s) and Assignment. Include the names, addresses, and affiliations of all contributors. An inventor is an individual who has conceived an essential part of the invention either independently or jointly, but not necessarily one who participated in the research related to the invention. Inventorship will be determined by a Patent Attorney.
- Witness Statement. Please arrange for a witness to sign who has read and understood the disclosure; the witness may be a member of the TVO staff. Please submit both a signed original and an electronic copy of the completed form to the licensing associate in the Technology Ventures Office for your Department/Division as indicated on our TVO About Us page.