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Standard Operating Procedures
The benefits of working with the University of Maine’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development (OIED) include intellectual property protection, additional research funding through business, government and industry partnerships, and supplemental income from royalty and the licensing revenues generated from licensing technologies.

If any of the following situations apply to you, contact OIED at 207.581.2201 for assistance with protecting your intellectual property:

  • You have developed an invention
  • You are named as the inventor on a patent application filed by a company or branch of the U.S. government
  • You are asked to provide unpublished information or research results to a company
  • You are going to publish a paper or give a presentation about a research project that may involve a new invention
  • A company expresses a desire to license technology from your laboratory
  • You already have or would like to start a company based on technology developed at the university

According to the University of Maine System Statement of Policy Governing Patents and Copyrights (PDF), UMaine has the right to all inventions that university personnel conceived or first reduced to practice as a part of or as a result of a university administered program or research; activities within the scope of the inventor’s employment by the university; and activities involving the use of university time, facilities and/or materials.

University faculty and staff looking to protect and license their inventions must take the critical first step of submitting an Invention Disclosure Form. With the information obtained from this form, OIED staff will evaluate the invention’s commercial potential, as well as their ability to successfully protect the invention through a patent or license.

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