Title: Protect your intellectual property
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Title: Protect your intellectual property guidelines for University of Florida researchers
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Creator: University of Florida. Office of Technology Licensing.
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The academic research mission is to dis-
cover and to make the benefits of those
discoveries available to the world. Unless
the discovery is protected under patent
coverage, most technologies are not attrac-
tive to the companies most able to get them
to the market. For 1.. reason, it is important
for researchers to know the importance of
protecting their discoveries prior to sharing
them with colleagues. Once patented,
researchers are encouraged to publish.


Several of -h- more notable examples of the
value of this protection include University of
Florida inventors responsible for internation-
ally marketed products such as GatoradeM,
TrusoptM and S-rnri:.n- .


Should you make a noteworthy discovery,
be sure you understand -f.e basic guide-
lines for protecting ydur r- nlle.:tu:l property
rights and thosof -h- university. Spending
^ fe.v, rniniriiT: -). review these guidelines
coulc-ro .e- invaluable in helping you t
accomplish your research goals.


The Office of Technology Licensing is
dedicated to facilitating the transfer of
technologies created at the ULi l -i,, of
Florida into the commercial sector for
public use.



For more information on
these intellectual property
guidelines or related
issues, please contact our
office or visit our website.


The Office of Technology Licensing
wv. ,..oHtl ifl edu
352-392.8Q92
a divsson of the
Office of Research & Graduale Programs
Dr Winfred M Phillips
Vice President and Dean
PO Bo>: 1 15500
Gaine.ville FL 3261 1-5500
352.392 1582 rgp utl edu




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PROTECTT
Your

Intellectual
Property


Guidelines
for University
of Florida
Researchers








U O F R E 0RS 1


NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE
VALUE OF YOUR WORK

Very few scientists who have made
millions from their work planned to do
so from the start.

KEEP THOROUGH AND
ACCURATE NOTEBOOKS

Having accurate records of daily experi-
ments which lead to your discovery could
prove invaluable should you ever -i.:l to
prove your inventorship. The L-it-d "I
States recognizes the hr I -1 invent"
rjltherthan th fii:t-io-file'! for patenting
purposes. Having i;i.: : regularly
date and sign your r.ltei:.iks makes
them even more pr ddil ,


REPORT YOUR DISCOVERIES TO
THE OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY
LICENSING

Complete and submit an Invention
Disclosure Form for all your discoveries
that you believe are new, non-obvious
and useful. Your licensing team at OTL
will help you to evaluate the patentabil-
ity and marketability of your d,. .:,.-ry.
Timeliness of tlI--e disclosures is very
important.

NEVER DISCUSS THE DETAILS
OF YOUR DISCOVERIES WITH
ANYONE OUTSIDE YOUR
WORKING GROUP

A good rule of thumb is to share what
your discovery will do but not how it
does it. Be sure to advise your co-
workers to do the same.


EXECUTE A CONFIDENTIAL
DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT

Should you need to discuss enabling
details of your work with individuals
outside the university, be sure to request
a Cc'if.:jr, tl:, Disclosure Agreement.
Having a discussion without this agree-
ment in place can destroy your ability to
seek foreign patent protection and limits
the time in which you can file for a
patent in the U.S. to 12 months. With
the cooperation of all parties, OTL staff
can often complete this agreement the
same day it is requested.

EXECUTE A MATERIAL
TRANSFER AGREEMENT

Never receive or send materials outside
the University of Florida without an
executed Material Transfer Agreement
in place. This will clearly define your
irt-ll-.:tiial property rights from discover-
ies made with th--: materials. OTL staff
will be happy to help facilitate the
completion of these documents since
only authorized university administrators
can sign these agreements.


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