Disclosing Inventions Invention is the first formal step in the commercialization process. All inventions made by faculty, staff, and students must be disclosed to the Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University (CTL). When you disclose the invention to CTL, a licensing professional will be assigned to manage the invention and will be in contact with you shortly.
Tangible research materials are tangible items produced during the course of academic activities and includes, among other things, biological materials such as clones, plasmids, gene fragments, DNA probes, hybridomas or other cell lines, transgenic animals and plant breeding materials.
To ensure maximum protection rights for your invention, it is important to file an invention disclosure form before any public disclosure such as a public presentation. The invention disclosure form should be submitted with a written description of the invention (additional manuscripts, explanatory drawings, and supporting data are also very helpful).
Cornell has various resources to help with technology commercialization and new venture formation. One such resource is
the Cornell Technology Acceleration and Maturation (CTAM) Fund. The objective of the CTAM Fund is to provide critical funding to bridge the
translation gap and mature technologies to reach the next inflection points for commercialization and venture creation.