Patent and Invention Policy


A person using Wesleyan facilities who discovers an idea, process, or device that may be patentable will disclose that fact by completing the Invention Disclosure Form and submitting it to the Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants at The University will evaluate the disclosure, perhaps in collaboration with a commercial research enterprise whose primary focus is to make such evaluation, to determine the likelihood that it will lead to a patent. The University may then decide to file a patent. If it does not, it relinquishes all claim to the invention; if it does, then the University will seek appropriate licensing arrangements to commercialize the invention. For additional information on the University’s Patent and Invention Policy please refer to the Office of Academic Affairs Policies.