Timing is a crucial factor when submitting an invention disclosure.
it should be done prior to "public disclosure" or when the
invention is going to be shared through non-confidential oral or
written communication to people outside of GVSU. Forms of public
disclosure include a journal article, conference presentations,
proceedings or abstracts, poster presentation, dissertation or thesis
publication, defense of dissertation or thesis funded grant
application, meeting notes publicly distributed, web posting,
discussion with a non-GVSU party (on or off campus), and any publicly
available video or poster.
Inventions that are publicly disclosed without any prior
patented application are not eligible to seek patent protection
outside the United Sates.
The TCO appreciates submission of an invention disclosure form at
least eight weeks prior to planned public disclosure. This time frame
allows for an in-depth evaluation process to be completed and ensures
enough time for actions to be taken to protect both U.S. and foreign