Inventions, Patents, and Technology Transfer

The creation of knowledge in the service of society is at the core of the Duke mission. When new inventions and patentable technology arise during the course of ongoing University research activity, researchers have a responsibility to disclose these new technologies and inventions to the Office of Licensing and Ventures for evaluation and potential licensing. Duke’s policy on inventions, patents, and technology transfer (in Appendix P) has been written to assure that inventionsresulting from Duke research are utilized in a manner consistent with University policies and values. The policy is written to facilitate and encourage patent protection, licensing, and the development and marketing of inventions where appropriate.