Frequently Asked Questions

 

Faculty FAQs

  1. What is an invention disclosure?
  2. When should I submit an invention disclosure?
  3. How is a technology evaluated?
  4. How does ORC market Rutgers inventions?
  5. Who “owns” the patent?
  6. What are the benefits of working with ORC regarding copyrighted materials?
  7. What if I want to provide material through an Open Source-type license?
  8. What are the relevant Rutgers Policies?

Company FAQs

  1. Can our Company sponsor research on campus?
  2. What if our Company wants to do research using Rutgers facilities?
  3. How can our Company exchange confidential information with a Rutgers researcher?
  4. What are Rutgers typical licensing terms?
  5. What does Rutgers look for from a licensee?
  6. What if our Company wants a license to use Rutgers University trademarks?
  7. Can we transfer biological materials with researchers at Rutgers?
  8. Where can we find additional resources for businesses and industry?

Faculty FAQs

What is an invention disclosure?

When you disclose an invention to ORC, it begins the process that could result in the commercialization of your technology. The invention disclosure is filed with ORC by completing the Notice of Invention Form. The Notice of Invention is a confidential document that formally begins the technology commercialization process. Once the inventor submits this form to ORC, a licensing manager will be assigned to the technology and an evaluation of the technology will begin.

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When should I submit an invention disclosure?

Invention disclosures should be submitted when you feel you have discovered something with commercial value. Disclosing your invention to ORC prior to any public disclosure is essential for patent protection. A public disclosure can occur through publications, abstracts, poster sessioins, conferences, press releases, blogs, social media posts, videos, etc.

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How is a technology evaluated?

The licensing managers of ORC begin a review of the invention disclosure known as the Technology Assessment. During this time, the licensing manager will conduct patent searches and analyze the market and competing technologies to determine the invention's commercialization potential. At the end of this process, ORC will provide the inventor a Technology Assessment document detailing licensing manager's findings. This document is the basis for deciding how to proceed with the technology (from requesting more scientific data, to filing a patent application). If more scientific data is required, it is possible that ORC's Translational Sciences group can help. The Technology Assessment will continue to be updated throughout the commercialization process.

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How does ORC market Rutgers inventions?

Once the patent application is filed, the licensing team assembles a non-confidential summary and begins marketing the technology to potential licensees. Licensing managers use databases and industry contacts in order to identify the most appropriate people at candidate companies who have the expertise, resources and business networks to bring the technology to market.

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Who “owns” the patent?

All Rutgers personnel (including faculty, staff, visiting professors, visiting scientists, etc.) are subject to the University Patent Policy. By signing the Faculty Employment Agreement, the faculty employee agrees to the terms of the University Patent Policy, including its requirement that he or she disclose and assign inventions or discoveries to the University. In exchange, the ORC markets the technology, manages and licenses the patent on your behalf, provides advice on business plans, makes connections with investors and distributes royalties and proceeds from license agreements to inventors and other Rutgers units per the patent policy.

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What are the benefits of working with ORC regarding copyrighted materials?

ORC can assist creators in clarifying ownership, leverage our experience and contacts and distribute the revenue to the creators and their organizations.

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Does ORC provide material through Open-Source licenses?

Yes, ORC provides support for open-source licenses and hybrid open-source and commercial-style licenses.

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What are the relevant Rutgers Policies?

A list of Rutgers policies, including those for patents, copyrights, codes of ethics and others, can be found on the Forms page. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact ORC for assistance.

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Company FAQs

Can our Company sponsor research on campus?

Yes. Rutgers has a lot of experience in this area, with more than $15.8 million dollars in corporate research funded in fiscal year 2012. Typically you will need to find a Rutgers researcher you want to work with, and define the parameters of the research project with them. (For help with identifying the researcher that fits your project, visit the Rutgers Business Portal.) You will then need to produce a scope of work statement and a budget to be submitted by the Rutgers researcher to Corporate Contracts to get the process started. If you would like to discuss details of this process or obtain a draft research agreement contact Corporate Contracts.

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What if our Company wants to do research using Rutgers facilities?

While Rutgers allows visiting scientists on campus, there must be an important scientific reason to do this. Your company will typically have to have an executed Visiting Scientist Agreement before starting any work on campus. Contact Corporate Contracts for details.

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How can our Company exchange confidential information with a Rutgers researcher?

In general, universities are poor places to keep information confidential, as one of the main duties of researchers is to publish. To the extent possible, your company should file for a patent before disclosing things to Rutgers. Under limited circumstances, information can also be protected by confidentiality agreements if these are executed before the information is exchanged. Please contact ORC.

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What are Rutgers typical licensing terms?

These vary greatly from technology to technology, but Rutgers will not ask for terms which make it economically unfeasible for your company to market a product. Rutgers licenses are usually considered fair and equitable by our partnering companies and licensees. Typical licensing terms will include reimbursement of patent costs, license issue and maintenance fees, royalties on product sales and development milestones. Under limited circumstances, we will also accept equity in lieu of other payments. Rutgers requires due diligence provisions and indemnification for products sold in every license executed. If you have any questions, or would like to obtain a draft license agreement, please contact ORC.

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What does Rutgers look for in a licensee?

Rutgers end goal is for the technology to be commercialized. To that end, the licensee should have a business plan – both short and long term which demonstrates knowledge in the field and of the proposed marketplace. Financial and other resources are also critical to the success of the technology.

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What if our Company wants a license to use Rutgers University trademarks?

If you are looking for a license to use the Rutgers University Trademarks (i.e. "Scarlet Knights") please contact the University Communications and Marketing's Trademark Licensing Office.

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What if we want to transfer biological materials with researchers at Rutgers?

Yes. Contact Corporate Contracts, the group that manages material transfer agreements at Rutgers, to discuss details of the transfer.

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Where can we find additional resources for businesses and industry?

Please find more information by visiting the Rutgers Business Portal.

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