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



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ZI serves as a partner for faculty, staff, and students, as well as local and regional entrepreneurs who are exploring new ventures based on MUSC technologies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

There are several. Aside from compliance with the IP policy,working with the Zucker Institute helps translate your innovation into a product to benefit the public. Most people have no experience navigating the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office or negotiating a licensing deal, and this is our forte. Additionally, the Zucker Institute pays for the patent costs, which run several thousands of dollars.
Shortly after submission, you will receive a formalacknowledgement 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 IP and commercial potential of the innovation. Someone from the office will 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 patentability 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.

There is a fairly low threshold under patent law for what is considered a public disclosure. Any disclosure that describes the invention to people outside of MUSC could be considered a public disclosure. A published manuscript, conference presentation or poster, webpage, grand rounds, and a dissertation indexed at the library may all constitute a public disclosure. Grant proposals to federal agencies may be deemed public disclosures as well if they do not contain CONFIDENTIAL markings on the appropriate pages. Please contact our office before making a public disclosure of any kind. We can help get confidentiality agreements in place with anyone who you need to discuss the invention with.

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.

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