Join the Zucker Institute on April 17th for a special event celebrating innovation, sponsored by Riverside Law. We’ll announce various innovation award winners, recognize the prestigious National Academy of Inventors fellow & inductees, and present patent plaques. Refreshments will be provided.

Drug Discovery Building Lobby, 70 President St, Charleston, SC 29425 — 3:30PM

Drug Discovery Building Lobby- 70 President St, Charleston, SC 2942




We understand that you may have questions regarding our resources and support for researchers. Below are some frequently asked questions to provide you with the insights you need.

At the Zucker Institute, we offer a plethora of resources to support researchers in their innovative endeavors. This includes access to: funding opportunities, mentorship from experienced professionals, and a collaborative environment to foster idea exchange and development. Additionally, we provide assistance in intellectual property management and commercialization to help transform your innovations into viable solutions that can make a real-world impact.
The Zucker Institute for Innovation Commercialization accelerates the commercialization of healthcare and life sciences innovations by providing a comprehensive suite of services. These include initial assessments of commercial viability, intellectual property support, market research, funding assistance, business planning, mentorship, prototyping resources, regulatory guidance, and post-launch support. Our integrated approach aims to transform promising ideas into successful, market-ready products that positively impact healthcare and society
Industry collaboration is a cornerstone of our approach to innovation. At Zucker Institute, we facilitate partnerships between researchers and industry professionals to drive forward innovative solutions. We offer various collaborative opportunities including joint research projects, licensing agreements, and technology transfer initiatives. Through these partnerships, we aim to accelerate the development and commercialization of innovative solutions, while providing mutual benefits for both the researchers and industry partners involved.
We warmly welcome inventors and entrepreneurs to join our innovative ecosystem. Whether you have an idea that you wish to develop or are looking to contribute your entrepreneurial skills to existing projects, there are numerous opportunities for involvement. You can start by reaching out to our team to discuss your interests and learn more about the resources and support available. Additionally, we regularly host events, workshops, and networking sessions to engage with the broader community of innovators and entrepreneurs at Zucker Institute.

The MUSC IP policy gives the university rights to anything that you create within your hired field of expertise. It is blind to the time use to work on the innovation. Compliance with the policy is a condition of employment and student status. View the policies.

There are several. Besides compliance with the IP policy, the Zucker Institute helps translate your innovation into public use. Most people have no experience navigating the Patent Office or negotiating a term sheet, and this is our forte. Additionally, the university pays for the patent costs, which run several thousands of dollars.

Shortly after submission, you will receive a formal acknowledgement email providing a case number and alerting you as to whether the Zucker Institute needs additional information. After that, our office will begin to evaluate the patent and/or commercial potential of the innovation. Someone from the office will likely contact you to discuss the idea in more detail to ensure that they have a good understanding of what the innovation entails and its state of development. You will be notified of the go/no go/next step decision within a few weeks.

We have to provide your home address and citizenship to the USPTO. We also use your home address to mail royalty checks to you.

Under federal law, MUSC is required to report to the Government inventions created under sponsored research. If MUSC decides not to take title to such an invention (that is, decides not to keep it), then the Government has rights to it. Non-Government sponsors may also have intellectual property clauses and obligations attached to such sponsorship with which the Zucker Institute must comply.

As detailed as possible. All information provided to the Zucker Institute will be kept confidential. Without adequate information, the Zucker Institute cannot perform a complete evaluation of the invention’s patent ability and licensing potential.

In the U.S., an inventor has one year from the date of public disclosure in which to file a patent application. Once that year has passed, the invention cannot be patented.

Anything that described the basic idea to non-MUSC people. A published manuscript, conference presentation or poster, webpage, grand rounds, and a dissertation indexed at the library may all constitute a public disclosure. Funded government grants may also count as well.

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