Our job is to help your commercialize your technology. The easiest way to get started is to contact us so we can better understand what you are working on. If you would rather put it in writing, you can use our Pre-Disclosure Form or our more formal Invention Disclosure Form.
In any case, TCS will assess your invention for its commercial potential by evaluating its technical strength, market potential, and patentability. We will also consider whether a prototype exists or proof of principle experiments are complete, as well as whether a potential commercial partner has already been identified or has expressed interest. If we believe your invention has commercial potential, we will file a patent application.
The patenting process is a partnership between you, our team and our patent attorneys. You will be asked by our patent attorneys clarify details of their invention, describe all its possible uses, differentiate the invention from related technology and describe its potential advantages, and help define what each potential inventor contributed to the creation of the invention. The inventor(s) will also be asked to review patent applications and to help respond to questions raised by the Patent Office. To be granted a patent, an invention must be novel, non-obvious, and useful.
If a patent application is filed, TCS will work with you to determine whether to try to license the invention to an existing company or help start new venture to commercialize the technology. [see Considerations for a Startup Company] If we seek a licensing partner, TCS will work with you to identify and contact potential commercial partners and market the technology.
TCS is the group at UConn responsible for leading this process and negotiating any necessary agreements with third parties. TCS licensing directors have experience determining appropriate business and legal terms. As discussed in Revenue Distribution, a faculty inventor is entitled to a portion of all revenues received by UConn.
Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA)
Interest in your technology by a commercial partner may require that a Confidential Disclosure Agreement be negotiated between the University and the Company prior to exchanging detailed information about your invention.
Confidential Disclosure Agreements usually require some modification to accommodate the needs of the University and/or the commercial partner. Additionally, an authorized University Official must sign the Agreement for the University. TCS can sign and will handle the negotiation process for you. After the agreement is executed TCS will provide you with a copy for your records.
If you have any questions please contact us!
or call us at 860-679-3992