Patenting and Licensing

Our evaluation process is designed to stand in for industry, utilizing both internal and external expertise early in the development process. The goal of the evaluation process is to objectively and transparently review technologies, make informed and timely decisions, and provide multiple opportunities for communicating with inventors during the process.

  • What is the evaluation, patenting and licensing process?
    Evaluation Process
    Evaluation Process

    Step 1 in our process involves the inventors and Office of Technology Development staff.  

    Step 2 utilizes scientists, technology sector experts, clinicians, intellectual property experts, business leaders and investment professionals to provide opinions on the commercial viability of the technology. These consultants provide valuable feedback to our inventors, the Office of Technology Development, and WMed. 

    Step 3 solicits input from WMed senior leadership. The outcome at each level can be:

    Evaluation Process
    Evaluation Process (continued)
  • What can I do to streamline the process?
    Disclose your invention to the Office of Technology Development via our  IP Disclosure Form before any anticipated public disclosure and remain actively engaged throughout the disclosure, evaluation, IP protection, marketing and licensing processes.
  • What are my rights and responsibilities?
    View our For Inventors web page.