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Office of Commercialization

DISCLOSE AN INVENTION


Protecting intellectual property is essential to any commercialization effort. However, before any invention or technology can be protected, it must first be disclosed through the WSU Office of Commercialization.

It is essential to disclose inventions properly before publishing or publicly presenting any material on them. Patent protection outside the United States may become limited if you do so before disclosure with WSU.

The Office of Commercialization's role is to evaluate whether your invention is able to be protected and, if so, navigate the process of patent, trademark or copyright as necessary. This ensures that an invention can be licensed in the future for use in the private sector.

It is essential that you properly disclose your invention before publishing or making any public presentations about them.

You may fill out the disclosure form below and return it to our office by email at commercialization@wsu.edu or in person. One of the Technology Licensing Associates will contact you to work on the next steps in the commercialization process.

Fill out the form here:

  1. Invention Disclosure Form [PDF] -This is the standard form used for most inventions unless one of the below forms (numbered 2-4) is more appropriate.
  2. Software Disclosure Form [PDF]-This form should be utilized for software-based inventions that may be copyrighted or patented.
  3. Copyrightable Works Disclosure Form [PDF]-This form is intended for non-software copyrightable works including literary works, musical works, together with any accompanying words, dramatic works, together with any accompanying music, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound recordings, architectural plans, drawings and actual buildings.
  4. Plant Material Invention Disclosure Form [PDF]-This form should be used to submit intellectual property that covers only novel plant lines [ made by traditional or non-traditional breeding methods including both sexually and asexually propagated plants]. For coverage of a trait, please submit under Invention Disclosure (1) separately.