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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I schedule FRD to give a presentation to my group on campus?
What should I do if I invent something?
How do I know if I invented something?
Where do I pick up these forms?
At what point after I think of the idea, do I send in an invention disclosure?
What if I have a question when filling out my Record of Invention Form (ROI)?
Who do I submit my ROI or Copyright form to?

Once I send in my ROI form, how long does it take until I will receive an answer?

For any other questions, please contact our office at 843.876.1900.

Can I schedule FRD to give a presentation to my group on campus?

Yes. FRD is happy to speak with faculty, staff, or students on campus regarding technology transfer. Please email or call Jesse Goodwin, Ph.D. or Christine Dixon Thiesing, MBA.

What should I do if I invent something?

If you think you have invented something, please download and complete the Record of Invention Form or Copyright Disclosure Form and submit it to our office.  Questions regarding your potential invention ideas may be directed to Technology Development Officer, Jesse Goodwin, Ph.D. at 843.876.2412 or goodwijs@musc.edu.

How do I know if I invented something?

Please submit a Record of Invention (ROI) form ANYTIME you have something novel, non-obvious, and useful.  Any questions regarding your potential invention and the Completion of forms may be directed to Technology Development Officer, Jesse Goodwin, Ph.D.at 843.876.2412 or at goodwijs@musc.edu.

Where do I pick up these forms?

The Record of Invention Form or Copyright Disclosure Form, can be download from our website.  For convenience, below are links to both of these forms.

Record of Invention (ROI) Form Download

Copyright Disclosure Form Download

At what point after I think of the idea, do I send in an invention disclosure?

Generally, we are looking for an idea that is complete and has some kind of proof-of-concept, however, this does not mean we don't receive early stage ideas.

If there is any chance you plan to disclose your idea publicly (send in an abstract, a grant, manuscript, or even talk about your project at a meeting), please let us know ahead of time, so we may evaluate the material, and put some type of intellectual property (IP) protection in place.  Please contact us PRIOR to disclosing your information publically, so we may ensure that you will maintain ALL of your IP rights for the future.

For specific answers about your research idea, please call our office at 843-876-1900.

What if I have a question when filling out my Record of Invention Form (ROI)?

For questions regarding the completion of an ROI, please contact Technology Development Officer, Jesse Goodwin, Ph.D. at 843.876.2412 or goodwijs@musc.edu.

Who do I submit my ROI or Copyright form to?

Please submit completed forms to Patent Administrator, Pamela Kaufman, who may be reached by kaufmanp@musc.edu or 843.876.1012.  Hard copy forms may be mailed to our office PO Box 250828, Charleston, S.C. 29425.

Once I send in my ROI form, how long does it take until I will receive an answer?

Once an ROI is received, we immediately begin our analysis for patentability and commercialization. While we aim to complete the evaluation in 4-6 weeks, there are a number of factors that sometimes lead to a longer time period. However, as noted in our IP policy, we will always get you an answer within 90 days. Keep in mind that during the evaluation period, we are looking at other published works, other similar patents that have been issued, and the likelihood of receiving an issued patent down the road.

In addition to evaluation for patentability, we also look at the commercialization side of the technology.  We look to see the market size, barriers to entry, industry interest, the consumers need for the novel technology and so on.  While all of this takes time, keep in mind we are working as fast as we possibly can.

 
 
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