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Invention Disclosure

Almost all federal grants and contracts are subject to the terms and conditions of the Bayh-Dole Act (37 CFR 401). Under these terms, TCNJ retains title to all inventions conceived or reduced to practice in the performance of the project (37 CFR 401.14(B)). The Federal government receives a non-exclusive license to use the invention for government purposes.

The TCNJ Office of General Counsel and OGSR are responsible for assisting the PI in fulfilling the patent provisions of their agreement. Please contact OGSR if there are any questions regarding the intellectual property obligations of the award.

All Subject Inventions (conceived or first actually reduced to practice in the performance of the agreement) must be reported through the iEdison system within two (2) months after the inventor discloses the invention to the college. Invention reporting is required regardless of whether patent protection is sought. Failure to comply with the terms of the agreement may result in a loss of rights in Subject Inventions, including, but not limited to, forfeiture of retained rights.  Please contact us in OGSR early with any questions regarding invention disclosure.