Completing an invention disclosure is the important step in the commercialization process. Penn policy requires faculty and staff to formally notify PCI of any discoveries, inventions, or materials that have been made while employed at Penn. To submit an invention disclosure, simply complete the form and submit as outlined below.
1. Complete: Fill out the Penn Invention Disclosure Form in Adobe or Preview (if using a Mac). This form ensures that PCI receives all the required and relevant information in order to evaluate disclosures for intellectual property protection and commercial potential.
2. Print and Sign: Print the completed form and obtain the appropriate Penn contributor signatures before submitting it to PCI.
3. Scan, Save, and Submit: Scan the completed signed form, save for your records, and submit the completed invention disclosure form by both email and inter-office mail/courier service. Please include any relevant supporting documents (i.e. the description from section 3 of the form, any draft or published manuscripts, slide decks, etc.) in your email. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org, and send the signed original disclosure form by inter-office mail in a sealed envelope marked CONFIDENTIAL to PCI, ATTN Assistant Director IP.
Once electronically submitted you will receive an automatic confirmation acknowledging receipt by email. After the disclosure has been reviewed and assigned to a TLO, you will receive a second email providing the TLO name and PCI docket number assigned to your invention.
On July 1, 2010, the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Patent and Tangible Research Property Policies and Procedures was updated.
As a result of the changes to the Patent Policy, all Penn employees, faculty and staff are being asked to review the policy and sign the new Participation Agreement. The executed Participation Agreement should be sent to the Assistant Director Intellectual Property, Penn Center for Innovation, 3160 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Mail Code 6283).