Research & Innovation

Intellectual property (IP) encompasses a broad array of ideas, methods, patentable technologies, software, datasets and unique research tools. Don’t give away your life’s work! Prior to publishing or presenting your research, talk to TCO to protect your ideas! Don’t hesitate to contact our office to find out how we can help.



Submit an Invention

Submit an Invention Disclosure at Once you have submitted your Invention Disclosure, you will receive confirmation of your Invention Disclosure from the Invention Intake Manager. Within 48 hours you will be given the name of your TCO Licensing Officer and your specific TechID number.



An initial technology review will be conducted based upon information you provide in the Invention Disclosure. A “prior art” search is conducted to determine if similar patents or discoveries have already been filed or developed. A meeting will then be scheduled to discuss your discovery with your assigned Licensing Officer.


Tech Assessment

A more detailed assessment is conducted at this stage to answer questions like: is it protectable? what is the market? what is the competitive advantage? what is the business potential? and can we license it or is there startup potential? This stage is done specifically to help identify the more viable business opportunities, license opportunities, and startup company opportunities.


Review Board

Output from the Tech Assessment is reviewed by external advisors specific to The Ohio State University colleges, centers, and departments. The External Advisors are comprised of independent, third-party subject matter and business experts who further assess the technology’s readiness for commercialization.


Intellectual Property Strategy

Once feedback is received a decision is made whether to protect the IP and the commercialization strategy is discussed. The TCO office and your Licensing Officer works with you to identify companies that may be interested in your invention. A Tech Brief, or non-confidential summary of the technology, is created for external marketing purposes developed with the inventor.



Once a company expresses an interest in licensing the technology, a Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement (CDA) is put in place, financial terms are agreed upon, and license agreement is negotiated by the TCO Licensing Officer. When a technology is licensed, the Licensee is given permission to make, use, sell, or import the invention.



Licensing revenue (royalties) is distributed to the inventor(s) per The Ohio State University IP Policy. A share of the revenue is also distributed to the college and department. TCO provides substantial resources (funding, grants, and prototyping and support programs) for software and startup development.