Why are Confidential Disclosure Agreements Necessary?
Confidential Disclosure Agreement, sometimes called a Non-Disclosure Agreement, is a legal document for the protection of proprietary information. Such a document is necessary before any transfer of proprietary information is made from one party (such as a university researcher) to another (such as a corporate representative). Otherwise, the transfer of proprietary information, even in a casual conversation, could legally be considered a public disclosure. In the worst case, such a disclosure could allow the individual or company to whom this information was disclosed to use or transmit to others your confidential information, thus placing the invention in the public domain. This would preclude the possibility of obtaining intellectual property protection and might even violate federal regulations. It is important to contact us before disclosing any confidential proprietary information to another party.
What share of royalties do inventors get?
Information about royalties is covered in the Faculty Manual.
How do I find out about a particular technology?
Searching our technologies is fast and easy through our technology publisher.
How do you enter into a license agreement?
You can find information about licensing on the licensing overview page or the agreements page on our site.
What are other ways to access WSU technologies?
We offer Research Use Licenses for non-profit entities. Alternatively, we offer Option Agreements to private partners who need time to evaluate a particular technology.
Who can access the Research Park and what spaces does it offer?
The Research Park is home to many of WSU start-ups, but is open to any entity that wishes to utilize the space. The Research Park has space for office areas as well as lab research. For more information, please visit the Research Park page.
How can I assist in the marketing of my invention?
As the principal researcher, many times, you are in the best position of knowing the market niche. You can assist the Office of Commercialization by including the potential markets and contacts in the invention disclosure or by directly sending the information to our office.