Why does Yale protect some intellectual property through patenting?

Patent protection is often a requirement of a potential commercialization partner licensee because it can protect the commercial partner’s often sizable investment required to bring the technology to market. Due to their expense, patent applications are not possible for all intellectual property. We carefully review the commercial potential for an invention before investing in the patent process.

However, because the need for commencing a patent filing usually precedes finding a licensee, we look for creative and cost-effective ways to seek early protection for as many promising inventions as possible.