FAQs About IP
Navigating patents, copyrights, and trademarks can be complex. We have compiled this quick overview for inventors to better understand the process. We are here to help, so, if you are a Brandeis inventor and have any questions, please contact us. For more detailed information, refer to the Inventor's Guide to Technology Transfer.
Patents: A Quick Definition
Types of Patentable Inventions
On Teams, Who Qualifies as the Inventor of a Discovery?
How Does Publication Affect Patent Rights?
What Qualifies As "Public Disclosure"?
What Is a "Confidentiality" or "Nondisclosure Agreement," and Why Is It Necessary?
How Much Does It Cost to Get a Patent?
I have a concept or prototype for an invention, biological material, software, or document/content that I think may have commercial potential and should therefore be legally protected as intellectual property. What should I know and what should I do?
Will this patenting process interfere with my scholarly work (grants, publications, talks, etc.)?
What if I want to start a company to commercialize my matter?