If you are a Wright State University inventor and you would
like to submit an invention for patenting consideration, please download and
fill out the WSU Invention Disclosure Form. The form should be filled out
completely including funding information, a detailed description of the
invention, and original signatures. We use this information to review your invention
for patenting purposes. If you are disclosing copyrightable materials (e.g. software,
video, music, questionnaire), please fill out the Copyright Invention
Disclosure Form. Please contact the Office of Technology Transfer with any
All Wright State University inventors must sign the
completed form. Please forward the signed completed form to our office to
complete the submission process.
1. Why does OTT need to know the funding information?
Most sponsored research projects have intellectual property
related obligations, and it is important for the University to comply with
these obligations. For example, the University is required to report to the
federal government any invention created using federal funding, whether or not
the University receives the funding directly or indirectly. In these cases, if
the University decides not to keep the title to the inventions, the federal
government may take title to the inventions or decide to relinquish title to
2. How much detail do the inventors need to provide to describe
The description of the invention needs to be as detailed as
possible. Without adequate information, the office cannot complete its
evaluation of the invention’s patentability and licensing potential.
3. If I publish a paper or presented my invention at a
conference before OTT files a patent application, can my invention still be
Possibly: a public disclosure precludes all foreign patent
Because of changes implemented by the America Invents Act, a
public disclosure may preclude filing a patent application in the United States
as well. The America Invents Act created a first to file patent system in the
United States. If a third party learned some or all aspects of your invention
and filed a patent application covering the subject matter of your invention
before we filed a patent application covering the subject matter of your
invention, we have no recourse.
4. What is a public disclosure?
A disclosure is considered public if it is made available to
the general public and not made under a nondisclosure agreement. For example, a
journal article, a presentation at a conference, a thesis shelved in a library,
a published abstract, and a federally funded grant award are all examples of a
5. Why does OTT need my home phone and address?
We need to have a way of contacting you if we need to send
you a royalty check. Your home address is also needed when we file a patent
application. Please remember to update us when your home phone number or