It is important to remember that if you disclose your invention without filing a patent, you will lose the ability to patent it in the future.
Disclosure includes peer reviewed publication, or presentation at conferences and posters, talking to people outside the University (unless covered by confidentiality restrictions). It also includes mention of the invention in print media (newspapers and magazines), online, in social media or broadcast (radio and television) interviews.
Once a patent is filed, the innovation is protected. However it is advisable not to be drawn into speculation or comment about areas where future patents may be filed. If you would like talking points before a media interview, please contact Ruth Ashton via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have an invention that you want to patent, you should fill in a Record of Invention (ROI) form and submit to the IP team.