Posted September 3, 2021 by Dan Moser
NUtech Ventures is offering an online platform to help Nebraska researchers submit disclosures for new inventions, biological materials, software and mobile applications, and plant varieties and germplasm.
Researchers can access the platform on any device, using their UNL log-in credentials.
Submitting a disclosure is the first step for researchers in possible commercialization. NUtech Ventures staff use the disclosure to help assess an invention’s market potential, commercialization readiness and options for intellectual property.
Researchers are encouraged to submit a disclosure when:
- Planning to publish or present research. Once you publish or present — known as a public disclosure — foreign patent rights may be forfeited. Also, after a public disclosure, there is a one-year deadline to file a U.S. patent application. Once that deadline passes, no U.S. protection is available. Submitting an invention disclosure to NUtech Ventures is confidential; it is not a public disclosure.
- Research has resulted in a new solution to a problem or has potential market applications. NUtech Ventures will help further assess the market size, commercialization readiness and intellectual property status.
- Federally funded or privately funded research may have resulted in intellectual property. Funding sources often require disclosing research that may have intellectual property, such as a new solution to a problem. NUtech Ventures is responsible for reporting faculty members’ disclosed research to the funding agency.
- Considering a research-based startup company.