The Office of the Vice Provost for Research assists Baylor University faculty members from all academic units in identifying, obtaining, and managing the funding needed to support their research and scholarship. The most visible rewards of this research are the host of publications, presentations, and graduate theses, which communicate these research findings to scientific colleagues throughout the world and provide the basis for educating students. Such broad dissemination of research results is unquestionably the primary goal of Baylor University's research activities.
Sometimes, however, research also results in intellectual property. Intellectual property has always been an integral part of this country's economic growth and in recent years has become critical to our country's international competitiveness and industrial health.
Recognizing if and when intellectual property has been formulated can be a difficult. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has provided two complimentary educational packets to educate and inform faculty on intellectual property and the process of invention disclosure. The educational packets describe the different types of intellectual property and the processes that must be strictly followed to ensure that the invention receives adequate protection prior to public disclosure.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will freely assist Baylor University faculty in assessing and evaluating intellectual property that results from research activities. Whenever you find yourself questioning whether an invention is patentable or not, it is best to treat the invention as potentially patentable and to contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Research for an authoritative determination.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has composed two educational packets to provide Baylor University researchers with an overview of U.S. and foreign patent law. Both packets are written in plain, "non-legalese" language, intended to communicate the basics in an understandable, easy-to-read fashion and cover the full spectrum of inventions, patenting, and commercialization of inventions through technology transfer. A flow chart of the intellectual property disclosure process has also been included. After an initial reading, the material should be retained for reference to answer questions that may arise later. For any detailed question, please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at (254) 710-3763; if we are unable to help you directly, we can contact local patent attorneys for an authoritative response.
Patent Law Basics for University Researchers (PDF)
Inventions and Technology Transfer (PDF)