Use the following forms to tell the MUSC Foundation for Research Development about your technology.
Select this form to disclose inventions that may be protected by patents or trade secret. Such inventions may include novel therapeutics, new indications for existing drugs, diagnostics, medical devices, and research tools like assays, reagents, and animal models.
Select this form to disclose creations which may qualify for copyright protection. This includes, but is not limited to, software, apps, webpages, videos and books.
Select this form to provide some initial information necessary for evaluating the request to license space or other physical assets of the University.
Select this form for submission in advance of a faculty member's engagement in outside professional activity associated with a faculty start up venture or related endeavor as required by the university's policies concerning outside professional activity and employment, research, and continuing education.
Questions regarding the completion of forms may be directed to the Associate Director, Jesse Goodwin, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.876.2412. Submit your completed disclosure to email@example.com.
FAQs about Disclosures
What if I conceived of my invention in my own time?
The MUSC IP policy gives the university rights to anything that you create within your hired field of expertise. It is blind to the time use to work on the innovation. Compliance with the policy is a condition of employment and student status. To see the policy, please visit the Policies tab.
What are the benefits of working with the FRD?
There are several. Besides compliance with the IP policy, you get to have a team of professionals helping to translate your innovation into public use. Most people have no experience navigating the patent office or negotiating a term sheet, and this is our forte. Additionally, the university pays for the patent costs, which run several thousands of dollars.
What happens next?
Shortly after submission, you will receive a formal acknowledgement email providing a case number and alerting you as to whether the FRD needs additional information. After that, the office will begin to evaluate the patent and/or commercial potential of the innovation. Someone from the office will likely contact you to discuss the idea in more detail to ensure that they have a good understanding of what the innovation entails and its state of development. You will be notified of the go/no go/next step decision within a few weeks.
Why does the FRD need my home address and citizenship?
We have to provide your home address and citizenship to the USPTO. We also use your home address to mail royalty checks to you.
Why is the contract/grant information important to FRD?
Under federal law, MUSC is required to report to the Government inventions created under sponsored research. If MUSC decides not to take title to such an invention (that is, decides not to keep it), then the Government has rights to it. Non-Government sponsors may also have intellectual property clauses and obligations attached to such sponsorship with which the FRD must comply.
How detailed should the description of the invention be?
As detailed as possible. All information provided to the FRD will be kept confidential. Without adequate information, the FRD cannot perform a complete evaluation of the invention's patentability and licensing potential.
Why are the dates of disclosure important?
In the U.S., an inventor has one year from the date of public disclosure in which to file a patent application. Once that year has passed, the invention cannot be patented.
What is considered a public disclosure?
Anything that described the basic idea to non-MUSC people. A published manuscript, conference presentation or poster, webpage, grand rounds, and a dissertation indexed at the library may all constitute a public disclosure. Funded government grants may also count as well.