Submit an Invention

Inventors at the George Washington University (GW) receive many benefits from collaborating with the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) by submitting an invention disclosure.

GW policy requires that researchers report inventions, software, research tools and other items developed through their research, which they believe may have commercial value. If you study or work at GW, you have a duty to report all inventions that were developed during work hours, while on campus and/or using the university's equipment or other resources. Researchers can include faculty, staff or students who invent or co-invent a new patentable invention. Familiarize yourself with the patenting process, the licensing process and Material Transfer process.

Reporting an invention is simple: 

  1. Download the GW Invention Disclosure Form (DOC).
  2. Gather any and all publications, posters and/or materials surrounding your technology and have them readily available for review.
  3. Email the completed form and related materials to tco@gwu.edu.

Your invention does not have to be a finished product; we'd love to hear from you if you have an exciting research proposal, positive preliminary results or if you aren't sure whether or not you have a patentable invention.

Never underestimate the potential of your research. TCO is available to discuss your ideas and to help protect your intellectual property rights and those of the university.

TCO encourages GW researchers to submit their invention early.

Contact TCO when:

  • You have developed an invention or a copyrightable material
  • You plan to publish or present your discovery
  • Your research has federal funding or is industry-sponsored and may have resulted in intellectual property
  • You want to send research tools or materials to another institution
  • A company has contacted you and wants to learn more about your research
  • You want to start a company based on your technology
  • You are interested in sponsored or collaborative research with companies
  • You are named as an inventor on a patent application filed by another institution
  • You have an intellectual property related question