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Sometimes in order for your research breakthroughs to have the greatest impact, the ideas and concepts underlying the breakthrough need to be protected.

Your Ideas are Worth Protecting

We know that you want to focus on research, and our job is to make this possible. We will work with you to develop a protection and commercialization strategy around your best ideas that doesn’t slow down your academic pursuits.

The ideal time to disclose your idea to us is before any public disclosure, e.g. electronic publication or public presentation of your idea. With recent changes to U.S. patent laws, it is imperative that you disclose early and often to KUIC, so we can better protect your ideas. To inform us of a new idea, concept, or invention, please use the Invention Disclosure Form.

KUIC’s Industry Portal is your one-stop shop for industry agreements with companies that protect you, your ideas, and the university. Please see the following links for next steps:

Learn how to transfer and receive research materials

If you wish to obtain research materials from other Institutions or transfer your material to others, you will need a material transfer agreement (MTA) to protect everyone's rights. For more information concerning MTAs click here.

Learn how to engage industry in sponsored research

Industry engagement can lead to a variety of exciting opportunities. To learn more about how you can engage industry to sponsor research, please contact KU's Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships: Julie Nagel at jrnagel@ku.edu or call (785) 864-9004.

Learn how to request a non-disclosure agreement

If you would like to share your novel ideas with others, without losing patent rights and before a patent is filed, KUIC can help draft and execute a non-disclosure agreement. Conversely, if you are contacted by another company or institution to sign a NDA, please contact KUIC for agreement review. For more information concerning NDAs, or to request assistance in negotiating an NDA, click here