DowMI researchers are asked to keep signed, witnessed and dated records of inventive ideas in their laboratory notebooks. These ideas should be discussed with your PI and Dow Project manager, and where appropriate an invention disclosure should be filed. Please contact alainamcgrath [at] mrl [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Alaina McGrath) for assistance.
Before preparing an invention disclosure you should have:
- At least one representative, working example of the invention.
- Identified the closest prior art to your invention: 3–5 journal articles, patents, patent applications, or other publications are generally sufficient. Please record when and how this prior art was found, and briefly describe the prior art and how it differs from your invention.
Please download the invention disclosure form from here.