New Invention Notification and Intellectual Property Information
Intellectual Property Basics
An INVENTION is a novel or unique device, process, method, or compound.
A PATENT is the grant of property rights issued to the inventor(s) by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Typically an invention must be novel, have utility, and be non-obvious in order to be assigned a patent.
COPYRIGHT is an exclusive, legal right of the author(s) of original work(s) to print, publish, and/or otherwise make these materials publicly available.
A protected/registered design, word, or symbol used to identify a product or a company is a TRADEMARK.
A NEW INVENTION NOTIFICATION (NIN) is a confidential document created by Inventors (faculty, students, and/or staff) describing the elements and details of any new invention. The NIN will be the initial document submitted to the Tech Transfer Office (TTO) and used to determine the patentability of the described invention.
NOTICE: Please be sure to complete a New Invention Notification (NIN) for your invention before any public disclosure; failing to do so may impede your ability to acquire patent protection. This includes presentations, publications, and other public forums.
Ownership of Intellectual Property
Ownership of Intellectual Property (IP) developed by University faculty, staff, and some students, within the scope of their University employment, or from the use of University resources, is governed by the Board of Regents Bylaws and Policy.
Further information on Intellectual Property:
- Board of Regents Bylaws
- Board of Regents Policies Impacting Intellectual Property 4.4.1-4.4.2
- UNO Collective Bargaining Agreement and Intellectual Property
Options for Commercialization
- Licensing through TTO
- Start-up Opportunities through Maverick Innovations
Funding Resources for Technology Development and Startups
- State of Nebraska
- Federal SBIR/STTR Programs
Entrepreneurship Resources and Educational Opportunities
- Maverick Innovations: Maverick Innovations can assist with resource identification, Lean Startup Methodology & Practices, Commercialization Guidance
- Maverick Startups is a for-credit honors colloquium open to all students in the UNO Honors Program. Maverick Startups is designed to help students understand how to develop and validate successful business concepts.
- Nebraska Business Development Center
- Ice House Entrepreneurship Program Nebraska Department of Economic Development
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