Our Process

  • 1
    Be Innovative

    The path toward innovation begins with invention.

  • 2
    Disclose Your Inventions

    UVA innovators have a responsibilty to disclose their inventions to UVA and UVA has an obligation to disclose those federally funded inventions to the federal funding agency.

  • 3
    Elect Title

    The fundamental premise of the Bayh-Dole Act is the empowerement of all funded institutions to elect title to their inventions in exchange for commitments to seek their dissemination.

  • 4
    File A Patent

    The purpose of the United States patent system is “to promote the progress of science and the useful arts”. Accordingly, the Bayh-Dole Act obligates us to file patent applications as a means to support of our commercialization efforts.

  • 5
    Seek "Expeditious Practical Application"

    Thomas Jefferson once said, “Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried.” It is our responsibility as innovators to drive our inventions ahead – leveraging the patent system and commercial enterprise where appropriate and prudent.

  • 6
    Distribute Revenues

    Should UVA be successful commercializing an invention, UVA will share net revenues with the inventors and reinvest in research, innovation, and scholarly activities.