When should you contact us?
Most academic patent applications are driven by one of two events:
- Submission of a grant, with the idea for an invention
- Preparation of a manuscript for publication, containing the results that demonstrate the invention.
It’s a good general rule to contact us earlier rather than later. If an invention appears in print before a patent application is filed, the ability to obtain worldwide rights is lost.
A summary of the suitability of the different timing options is as follows:
|Invention Development Stage
||Timing of Submission of Disclosure|
|Innovation: what to do||Premature|
|Conception: how to do it||Best|
|Reduction to Practice: make it work||Very Good|
|Preparation of a Paper: describe it||Good|
|Submission of a Paper or Abstract:||Poor|
|Immediately Prior to Public Disclosure||Poor|
|Post-Publication or Disclosure||Very Poor:
foreign patent rights lost
However, filing a patent application starts certain clocks ticking that can’t be stopped or turned back. File too early and we may get to major financial milestones too early, before the commercial justification is there.
In short, we need to work together to try and optimize timing.