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 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. In the United States, such disclosure
establishes a "bar date" which requires patent application
be made within one year from the date of disclosure.
The TCO appreciates submission of an invention disclosure form at
least eight weeks prior to planned public disclosure, especially
publication or conference presentation. This timeframe 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 patenting rights.