Binder Imaging

Office of Technology Development

Disclosure: When and How

Sharing your idea is a crucial first step in the invention process. 

When to disclose your invention

Do not hesitate to contact the OTD to discuss an invention. If you are unsure whether your idea is ready to disclose, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation. Even a small change to a buffer that decreases an incubation time by a few seconds could be very valuable to industry.

We are here to support MCW faculty, staff, and students and we will never discourage publication of data or interfere with faculty development. We will work with you to protect your potential intellectual property. You do not have to start your own company to reap the rewards of your intellectual property. The OTD licenses a significant amount of IP to existing companies.

How to disclose your invention

The OTD receives 3-4 new invention disclosures each month, which are evaluated for commercialization potential. We encourage faculty, fellows, students and staff to develop and disclose any potential intellectual property to the OTD.

The first step is to consult with the OTD or submit an invention disclosure form. This disclosure form can be used for patentable and copyrightable inventions, techniques or know-how, or biological materials. Note that a slightly different form is used for software. Submission of a completed disclosure form triggers the evaluation process.

Upon receiving a completed disclosure form, a licensing manager will contact the inventor (usually within two business days) to set up a disclosure meeting. Sometimes the meeting schedule will need to be expedited because a public disclosure or publication of the discovery is imminent. The OTD needs to be informed about all impending deadlines.

Invention Disclosure Form (DOC)

Software/Informatics Tool Development Disclosure Form (DOC)

Contact Our Team

Kevin Boggs, PhD, MBA      
(414) 955-4381

William Clarke, MD
Director of Research Commercialization
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics  

Kalpa Vithalani, PhD                   
Assistant Director
(414) 955-4884

James Antczak, PhD                 
Assistant Director
(414) 955-4894

Ann Amidzich  
Intellectual Property Manager
(414) 955-8660