Patenting & Licensing Process
Disclosure Forms are often used along with lab notebooks in the patenting process to document the invention. The disclosure form is the first step in submitting the invention to the MCW Office of Technology Development (OTD). MCW employees should use a disclosure form whether it is a patentable invention, technique and know-how, a biological material, or any other form of intellectual property. Submitting a completed disclosure form to OTD staff triggers the assessment, patenting and licensing process.
Upon receiving a completed disclosure form, an intellectual property manager will contact the inventor to set up a disclosure meeting. Sometimes inventors need to expedite this process because, for example, they have immediate plans to publicly disclose the discovery at a scientific meeting. The OTD office needs to be informed about all impending deadlines.