Will I be able to publish the results of my research and still protect the commercial value of my intellectual property?

Yes, but since patent rights are affected by these activities, it is best to submit an Invention Disclosure (discussed in next section) well before any public communication or disclosure of the invention. This will maximize the intellectual property options for your potential invention.

There are significant differences between the U.S. and other countries as to how early publication affects a potential patent. Once publicly disclosed (published or presented in some form), you have only 12 months to file a U. S. patent application. Additionally an invention is publicly disclosed without patent protection may have restricted or minimal potential for patent protection outside of the United States. Be sure to inform OCR of any imminent or prior presentation, lecture, poster, abstract, website description, research proposal submission, dissertation/Master’s thesis, publication, or other public presentation of the invention.