Patents - Protecting Inventions
A patent is a property right, which gives the holder the exclusive right to exclude others from the manufacture, use and sale of the invention for a period of time. As property, it may be sold or assigned, pledged, mortgaged, licensed, willed, or donated, and be the subject of contracts and other agreements. Under the United States standards of patentability, all patent applications are examined for (a) novelty, (b) utility, and (c) non-obviousness. Patents are granted for inventions of new and useful processes, machines, manufactured products, compositions-of-matter, or any new and useful improvement to an existing invention. More details and definitions on patents can be found in SMU Policy 10.16.
Faculty, Staff, and students who create intellectual property should submit an Invention Disclosure through the Wellspring Sophia Technology Transfer Software. Log in with your SMU credentials. Additional details about the patent process can be found in the Research Handbook.