Will the AMC or University of Maine own my ideas if I work with you?
No. The AMC and the University of Maine will not claim ownership of your inventions and unique ideas if you work with us.
The work we primarily do is what we call “project work.” We take your core concepts and work out the nuts and bolts of how to build it. We often refer to this as “packaging.” However, if you require the AMC to resolve a technical obstacle that prevents your unique idea from working, and which results in a new, unique invention, the University of Maine may assert ownership of that invention. You will have the first opportunity to license any new inventions developed by the AMC as a result of work on your project.
Additionally we protect you and ourselves with a Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). This agreement prevents the sharing of any information with other people, and keeps any information shared from constituting a public disclosure under under U.S. patent law.