This Inventor’s Guide provides a brief overview of the commercialization process at WSU.
Did you discover something new?
An Invention is defined as “something new that did not previously exist.” Your invention is the product of your unique intuition or genius and as such can be distinguished from ordinary mechanical skill or craftsmanship. Inventions may occur in any field and address market or technical needs.
Thinking of sharing your information with people or organizations outside WSU?
be sure to talk to us first!
Don’t publicly disclose your invention before it is protected! Before presenting or tabling, be sure to submit a disclosure to us so we can protect your idea.
If your sending materials to another colleague outside WSU, check out or Material Transfer Agreement
Safe, Secure, and, Fast!
Disclosing your invention to us is as simple as filling out a questionnaire. Enter into the Inventor Portal and you will be able to:
- Start, save, and submit your disclosure;
- Attach documents, add co-inventors, and interact with our office; and
- Track progress and communicate with us.
Did you know…
That no one knows your inventions better than you? While your disclosure will help us get up to speed on your invention, we might reach out to you if we have questions, or if there are any issues we find with your disclosure.
Please note that in order for us to accept your disclosure we require:
- That you list at least 2 of your Departmental Signatures (Deans and/or Directors)
We require this approval for complete transparency with your department.
- That you provide at least one marketing contact.
Who would have a similar product/technology? Who would be interested in it?
Making an Impact
Your innovation is new and unique. The market for it to excel can also be specific and unique. We will use your disclosure as our launch pad to find market segments and explore areas to see if there is potential value for your invention or any competing innovations or technologies in this area.
While the goal of protecting your invention stays the same, filing the necessary documents to do so can be quite different based on jurisdiction. Once all necessary items have been reviewed by our office, we will fill out all necessary paperwork for you to patent, copyright or trademark your intellectual property. Please note that not all inventions can or will be patented.