Tech Comm FAQ :: The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property (IP) is a term that encompasses all forms of creativity that are protected either under statutes or by common law.  Included are inventions, discoveries, know-how, processes, unique materials, copyrightable works, and original data.  IP also includes the physical embodiment of intellectual effort.

What is a Provisional Patent?

A provisional application for patent is a U.S. national application for patent filed in the USPTO under 35 USC § 111(b); allows filing without a formal patent claim, oath, declaration, or any information disclosure (prior art) statement.

What is a PCT?

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is an international patent application; that provides a mechanism which an applicant can file a single application, when certain requirements have been fulfilled.  It is equivalent to a regular national filing in each designated Contracting State; there are over 112 PCT Contracting States.

What is an invention?

An invention is a novel and useful idea resulting from study and experiment and may relate to a process, machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter, or any improvement thereof.

What is the Bayh-Dole Act?

It is a guide intended to inform the public about the Patent and Trademark Law Amendment Act of 1980.  The brochure from the Council on Government Relations has all the details.

What is the first step if I have an intellectual property to disclose to The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital?

Complete the Invention/Intellectual Property Disclosure Form and send it to the Office of Technology Commercialization secretary for processing. Please contact our office at (614) 355-2818 if you need further assistance.

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