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Engagement Request Form

LVG recently overhauled the UVA Intellectual Property Disclosure Form as part of an effort to make it easier for University faculty and staff to engage with our team. Now called the Engagement Request Form, faculty can submit ideas via the digital form currently available on the LVG website, or a downloadable PDF. 

Completing this form will initiate a conversation with LVG about the commercial potential of faculty research and the protection resources available. We encourage UVA innovators to engage with LVG early and often during research activities allowing us to assist in identifying pathways to move innovations forward.

We have compiled the below list of FAQs to explain further the significance of disclosing your invention to LVG, and how we can become a value-added partner in your research endeavors.

What happens after I submit an Engagement Request Form?

Once you submit your idea, the first step in disclosing and protecting your invention, LVG will reach out to discuss your research. In a first meeting, our licensing professionals begin to understand the novelty of your research and determine its commercial potential. Your case manager will work with you to conduct an initial market analysis to map out the industry landscape, including comparative work happening in your field. A protection assessment will determine available resources for your consideration.

Any insight that you can provide about similar studies in the industry would be useful to share with your licensing case manager. To ensure a beneficial first meeting, consider coming prepared with all relevant material including sources of funding, previous or upcoming publications such as abstracts, posters, or presentations, and an estimated timeline outlining your discovery process.

Who is eligible to submit an invention disclosure?

University of Virginia faculty, staff, and students engaged in University research are welcome to submit their ideas and inventions to LVG via the new Engagement Request Form.

How will I know if my research discovery is an invention?

A discovery made in research can lead to an invention, and LVG will analyze your submission to determine how your idea can be actionable. Engaging with LVG as early as possible allows our team of licensing professionals to help you develop a meaningful path forward. Whether it’s sharing market insights, identifying needed data or testing results, or connecting you to funding sources to further develop your idea, LVG will help you seize all opportunities on the path to commercialization.

We encourage early disclosure while understanding that your idea might require significant progress before its eligible for patent filing because, in some countries, you can lose patent protection at the moment of public disclosure. By engaging with LVG before publishing your findings, discussing your research with any third party via a presentation in a meeting, theses, dissertations, or abstracts, we are better positioned to protect your work.