Intellectual Property Protection & Licensing
We work with faculty, students and staff on the invention disclosure process to preserve the ability for patent protection before publishing or presenting any research. UCR transfers its developed technologies through the education of students, publication of research, and the development of inventions which are transformed by the commercial marketplace into products and services that are available to the public.
The university maintains an active patenting and patent licensing program to help facilitate this activity on behalf of the university. This vital step enables increased opportunities for faculty to engage in partnerships, collaborations, or receive royalties through the licensing process.
We facilitate the development, protection and commercialization of UCR's research and and intellectual property. We assist in the invention disclosure process of UCR's innovative technologies and the legal protection of researcher's developed intellectual property.
IP Strategy development
We work with faculty to generate tailored IP Strategies for patent issuance and licensing success. During the process, we perform or coordinate market analyses and patentability assessments as needed to support IP decisions.
An invention disclosure (also known as a record of invention) is a formal communication by faculty and graduate students to our team of any invention they have developed at UCR under which (a) the invention is conceived or developed with the use of gift, grant, or contract funds administered by the University, or; (b) the invention is conceived or developed with the use of University facilities or other resources, not including the use of university facilities such as an office desktop computer or; (c) the invention is conceived or developed in the course of the faculty member's university activities, or; (d) the conception or development of the invention incurs University obligations to a third party.
We receive and process invention disclosures submitted to the University and facilitate compliance to required sponsor/government reporting requirements.
We provide management and coordination of all University patent prosecution actions and are the conduit for all patent counsel communications with the University. We work with outside counsel to facilitate issuance of University patents.
Our team helps to market disclosed inventions, identify possible partners and license opportunities, and negotiate license agreements.
UCR inventors receive a share of the net royalties and fees from licensing, in accordance with the UC Patent Policy. Royalty payments to inventors are made each year in November based on the preceding fiscal year income, expense, and reimbursement. If you have a question about income associated with the commercialization of your invention, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you.