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If you believe you have an idea/invention that might be patentable or otherwise protectable, contact our office. We are always available to discuss your research with you and to offer advice or guidance in protecting your rights.

Overview of the Technology Transfer Process

Following links will guide you through the technology transfer process and the basics of intellectual property management.

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Disclosing an Invention

The first step in disclosing an invention is filling out an invention disclosure form. We use the information provided on the form to assess whether or not the invention might be suitable for a patent or commercial license. This form is designed to be self-explanatory, but if you have questions, please contact our office.

Disclosing your invention to KSURF is an important part of protecting the rights to your discovery. One of the most important benefits may be the commercialization of your technology through KSURF's efforts in patenting and licensing the discovery. Other benefits through KSURF's marketing efforts include new contacts with industry or industry-sponsored research in your laboratory. If royalties are generated, they are distributed according to University Policy.

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Preparing for the IPAC Presentation

Presentations are limited to 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes to answer IPAC members' questions. Powerpoint slides and/or handouts can be used in your presentation. Please be prepared to give a copy of any additional materials to KSURF for the disclosure file.

Your presentation should include answers to all the following questions:
[Note: Hypothetical example is given in brackets.]

1. What is the problem for which you have a solution?

[Indoor latex paints require leveling agents to provide a smooth surface.]

2. How is the problem being solved now?

[Branched alcohols and glycol ethers are formulated into the paint.]

3. What's wrong with current solutions?

[They all have unpleasant odors.]

4. What is your solution?

[We add magnetic nanoparticles to the formulation and subject the coating to an oscillating magnetic field. This provides the desired smooth surface.]

5. What are its advantages and disadvantages?

[No chemical additives are employed. Lower formulation costs. Greater customer acceptance.]

6. What actual experimental work have you performed?

[We tested three basic paint formulations, modified with two commercial leveling agents, two sets of magnetic nanoparticles, and the corresponding controls. We found that indoor latex paints require leveling agents to provide a smooth surface.]

7. What is the closest prior art that might be cited against the novelty of your invention?

[Infrared lamps have been used to assist with paint flowref. The results have been negative.]

8. Who specifically would be a possible commercial partner or licensee for your invention?

[Dr. Alice Jones, R&D Director, Sherwin Williams; Mr. Grant Cary, Director of New Product Development, Benjamin Moore Paint Company.]

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Intellectual Property Protection

Patent, Copyright, and Trademark protection provides the owner of the intellectual property with the right to exclude others from practicing the invention for a set period of time. This barrier to entry is a competitive advantage to the owner of the IP rights. Licensing these rights to companies is often the only way to commercialize the technology and make the technology available to the general public. Without the competitive advantage offered by the right to exclude others, a company would be unwilling to invest the necessary resources to further develop and commercialize the invention.

Under the KSU Intellectual Property Policy, inventors, the inventors' departments, and the University can benefit financially from licensing IP rights for commercialization.

For more information, contact KSURF and request a copy of the AUTM Educational Series Booklet No. 1 entitled "An Inventor's Guide to Patents and Patenting."

Effect of Publication on Intellectual Property Rights

U.S. Protection

International Protection

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Commercialization/Technology Transfer

K-State has an active program to facilitate technology licensing and transfer (commercialization) of intellectual property developed by University faculty, staff and students. This process is facilitated through a partnership between the Kansas State University Research Foundation (KSURF) and the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization (KSU-IC). KSURF has the responsibility for managing the intellectual property portfolio of the University with KSU-IC serving as KSURF's commercialization agent.

There are many ways to identify potential licensees, but the most successful contacts frequently come from the creator. Some common methods of identification at the creator's disposal are conferences where the creator has presented the invention, knowledge of companies working in the field and scientific colleagues who can champion the inventions within their companies. The most successful licensing ventures end in the formation of a partnership with the licensee that can lead to other collaborative or licensing possibilities.

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Download Forms

Some forms may require Adobe Reader software. Click on the    Adobe icon to download Adobe Reader.

Intellectual Property Disclosure Forms

 Invention Disclosure Form (Microsoft Word File)

 Plant Variety/Germplasm Disclosure Form (Microsoft Word File)

 Biological Materials Disclosure Form (Microsoft Word File)

Sample Confidentiality Templates

Use the sample templates below in letters and presentations to companies. Contact KSURF to discuss this disclosure prior to sending the letter or giving a presentation. Refer to Things to Consider When a Company Wants to Discuss your K-State Research.

 Confidentiality Letter Template

 Confidentiality Letter Template in Word Perfect

 PowerPoint Presentation Template 1

 PowerPoint Presentation Template 2

 PowerPoint Presentation Template 3

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