New ideas and innovations developed by our staff are important and essential to achieving our organization's vision, mission, and goals for sharing our science and making an impact.
We encourage researchers and inventors in our organization to talk with us at the very earliest stage, as your idea for a new method, application, or technology is forming.
Our door is always open, and we welcome the opportunity to talk things over from the start of your process. Our goal is to provide you with as many options as possible.
Because any third-party disclosure before putting protections in place could significantly shrink your options for certain types of protection, we urge you to contact us first. By getting in touch early on, we can ensure that your ideas receive the most appropriate form of intellectual property protection that will yield the most benefit for you and the organization.
UCAR also has a legal obligation to the National Science Foundation and other sponsors to disclose any inventions developed during the normal course of work funded by our sponsors.
To fulfill that requirement, employees are required to disclose all ideas related to technologies, concepts, software, or improvements in existing technology that are in some way novel, leading-edge, or might have applications outside of NCAR/UCAR. Disclosure is required, regardless of whether your invention will be freely available or have limited access.
An idea can still be in the concept stage; it does not have to be implemented or even in development. By following the disclosure process outlined below, UCAR's legal team in the Office of General Counsel (UCAR/OGC) can assist you in making the best possible disclosure while affording all protections provided by law.
Disclosure and protection of your idea or invention begins with these simple steps:
UCAR/OGC will assist you in filling out the necessary forms. We also invite participation by your manager at any stage in the process.
In specific situations, disclosure of an invention outside the organization may occur pursuant to properly executed confidentiality or nondisclosure agreements with relevant individuals and organizations. Non-disclosure Agreement Forms are available from UCAR/OGC, and we accept third-party forms, as well.