Patents bring prestige to a researcher’s laboratory and department, resulting in the formation of relationships that could bring in more research dollars. To that end, Baylor Research Institute’s patent liaison coordinates several processes and systems to ease some of the complexities and simplify the patenting process for the inventors. The patent liaison assists in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications by serving as a technical interface between the inventors and patent attorneys to ensure that intellectual property (IP) is timely and accurately filed. The office receives and manages invention disclosure forms and initiates IP review, market assessment and IP protection by working with inventors to identify potential IP.
It is very important that any new information, ideas, concepts, discoveries or devices be protected prior to sharing information about them outside Baylor in any way – be it via posters, presentations, publications, or discussion with collaborators or industry – when there isn’t a confidentiality agreement in place. If information is disclosed prior to protection, industry may not invest the needed resources to commercialize the invention.
To ask general questions about IP protection, or to submit information for review prior to public disclosure and/or to submit invention disclosure forms, e-mail BRI_Patents@baylorhealth.edu.