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FAQ

How can faculty disclose inventions and other creative works?

  • USU faculty members can still submit invention disclosures, including descriptions of new technologies, biological materials, software or copyrightable materials, using the USU Inventor Portal 

  • Any disclosure submitted through the Inventor Portal will be immediately forwarded to the Commercial Enterprises Intellectual Property Services team.  

How will faculty disclosures be evaluated for commercial potential?

  • Disclosures for technologies, software, or other materials, will continue to be evaluated by the same essential criteria familiar to faculty members. 

  • These criteria include market, patent and commercial potential.

  • Members of the IP Services team will work with faculty members to determine if commercial development is a desirable option for the disclosed intellectual property.

How will faculty members know their disclosure has been received and is being processed?

  • Use of the new USU Inventor Portal will allow for a more transparent disclosure and technology evaluation process. 

  • Disclosing parties will be able to track the initial receipt, and the progress of, their technology disclosure.

  • Intellectual Property Services offers USU Inventor Portal training seminars to faculty members and colleges. Please contact Laura Steinmeyer, laura.steinmeyer@usu.edu, to set up a seminar.

Who will handle outgoing Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) and Confidentiality Agreements (NDAs/CDAs)?

  • These types of agreements, formally handle by the Technology Commercialization Office, will now be handled by IP Services.

  • Note: The Sponsored Programs Office will continue to handle all incoming MTAs and Confidentiality Agreements.

Who is Commercial Enterprises?

  • Robert Behunin, VP for Commercialization and Regional Development

  • Curt Roberts, Associate VP for Commercialization and Regional Development

  • Christian Volmar, Director of Business Development

  • David Clark, Director of Business Development

  • Christian Iverson, Director of Business Development

  • Brad Stringer, Director of Applied Engineering & Business Development

  • David Christensen, Director of Research Development

  • Joe Christison, IP Manager

  • Dale Andersen, Associate General Counsel

  • Ryan Brady, Associate General Counsel

  • Kate Peterson, Marketing and Business Development Manager

 

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