How can I help in this process?

  • Call the Office of Cooperative Research at 203.436.8096 or submit your invention disclosure online when you believe you have a scientific or technical observation with potential commercial or research value.
  • Complete and submit the Invention Disclosure before publicly disclosing your technology or submitting a manuscript for publication.
  • To avoid risking your patent rights and possibly hindering the opportunity to market your invention, contact OCR before holding any discussions with people outside the Yale community. In general, discussions with third parties often should be done under a Confidential Disclosure Agreement which an OCR Licensing Specialist can put in place for you.
  • On the Yale Disclosure Form, include companies and contacts you believe might be interested in your intellectual property (IP) or who may have already contacted you about your invention. Studies have shown that over 65% of all licenses are executed with commercial entities known by the inventor, so your contacts can be extremely useful.
  • Respond to OCR and outside patent counsel requests. While some aspects of the patent and licensing process will require significant participation on your part, we will strive to make efficient use of your valuable time.
  • Keep OCR informed of upcoming publications or interactions with companies related to your intellectual property.