I’ve made an invention. What should I do?
To enable Griffith to protect and commercialise your invention, Griffith Enterprise asks you to enter into a commercialisation agreement with the University.
The agreement establishes a relationship, where you and the University work together to assess, protect and commercialise your invention. As part of this agreement, the University asks you to assign your rights, title and interest in the invention to Griffith.
This allows the University to protect and commercialise your invention because:
- Potential commercialisation partners will ask for written evidence of ownership of intellectual property by the University.
- The assignment will allow the University to file, prosecute and defend patents protecting your invention on your behalf.
- The University will be able to make a substantial investment to protect your invention, as the filing and prosecution of patents is very expensive.
Please use the Invention Disclosure Form to disclose your invention to Griffith Enterprise.
Keeping an invention confidential is crucial to a patent application and its commercial potential. Please contact Griffith Enterprise so suitable confidentiality arrangements or patent protection can be established.
Who is an inventor?
Keep up-to-date lab notes. They help establish when your invention was first conceived. For guidelines on laboratory notebook keeping, please read Laboratory-Notebook Keeping – Essentials (PDF 28k).
Evaluation, patent filing and commercialisation
After entering into a commercialisation agreement, Griffith Enterprise will undertake a commercial assessment of your invention and develop a commercialisation strategy.
If we consider your invention has commercial potential and can be protected by a patent, Griffith Enterprise will make a recommendation to the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor to protect and commercialise your invention. If this is accepted Griffith will file a patent to protect your invention, funding the patent filing, prosecution and commercialisation. To share the risk of such strategic investment, you and the University then will share any income from commercialisation. As specified in the IP Policy, your share is 50%. Your element will receive 12.5%, your group will also receive 12.5%, and the University the remaining 25%.
Please contact the relevant Business and Innovation Manager about the evaluation process and how Griffith Enterprise commercialises inventions.