Inventor's Guide

The Inventor's Guide is an introduction to intellectual property protection at USU.

What is an invention?

Sometimes defining an invention or identifying an idea or process that is marketable is a difficult task. This section discusses the difference between inventions and research results fit for publications.

What do I do with an invention?

Once you have identified the intellectual property you wish to protect, it's time to begin working with Intellectual Property Services. Learn about disclosure and the importance of the Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement. To disclose an invention, visit the Inventor's Portal.

What happens after I disclose an invention?

IP Services will evaluate your disclosure based on market, patent and commercial potential. The IP Services team will work with faculty members to determine whether commercial development is a desirable option for the disclosed intellectual property.

University Policy on Inventions

This section defines USU's policies regarding rights and roles to invention and research including:

  • Obligation to Disclose
  • Title to Inventions
  • Student Inventions
  • Royalties
  • Rights of Sponsors
  • Inventions Arising Through Consulting
  • University Obligations to Inventors
  • Licenses
  • Licensing Alternatives