IP Protection Process


The OIC process to insure and investigate if your idea is patentable. The process displayed below is to best describe your Intellectual Property’s protection.

1. Evaluation:

To begin your IP Protection Process one should disclose to the UCSD Office of Innovation. Disclosure is sharing the details of your idea, or invention, to the UCSD Office of Innovation before you share your innovation publicly. This disclosure is docketed, or recorded, into the OIC system for future reference. For more information on disclosure, please visit our Disclosure FAQ Page.

2. Initiate Patent Strategy:

After you have disclosed to the OIC, the Licensing Officer will decide if your idea fits the criteria to be patented. For further Patent Policy info please click here. If the idea or innovation is about to be published, the Licensing Officer will decide if a provisional patent should be filed. If sponsorship has occurred, the patrons involved are given the first right of negotiation for the license. This will help the Licensing Officer decide if there should be a license.

3. Marketing:

After a patenting strategy is set, the idea is moved into marketing. The marketing plan will correspond with the decision of the Licensing Office in regards of a license. If a license is not desired: the project is moved directly into a “prepared marketing package” with the PI’s assistance. If a license is desired: then the project progresses through the prepared marketing package and onto marketing via the web, search firms, bulletin boards, and etc.

4. Reassess Patent Strategy:

During this part of the process the third party’s interest is taken into account. The reassessment of the patent process allows for the Licensing Officers to agree upon whether a license is being further pursued.

5. Licensing:

Once the reassessment has been made there are two options left:

If a license is desired: Negotiate for terms and agreements on license and file for non-provisional patent.

If a license is not desired: revert to Federal Sponsorship or abandon the patenting process.