Intellectual Property Disclosure Procedures

For additional information, contact Ann Smith, Assistant Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs.


  • Inventor completes an invention disclosure form
  • The form is routed to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for review
  • The Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs determines whether or not the invention warrants further assessment
  • If it is determined further assessment is not warranted, Xavier will relinquish it rights to the invention
  • If further assessment is warranted, the disclosure is electronically submitted to Foresight Science Technology for a go/no go assessment of the invention
  • Foresight communicates with the inventor and prepares a go/no go assessment/recommendation of the invention
  • A meeting is held with the inventor(s) to discuss the assessment
  • A decision is made as to whether or not a patent application is to be filed
  • An assignment agreement is signed by the inventor to surrender his/her entire right, title and interest in the invention
  • A patent attorney is selected to work with the inventor to prepare the patent application
  • The patent application is filed in the US Patent and Trademark Office
  • One year after the file date of the US patent, the inventor, along with the Sr. Vice President of Resource Development, determines if a patent application should be filed in other countries

Marketing/Commercialization of Intellectual Property

It is the policy of the University to encourage the development and marketing of Intellectual Property, resulting from University research so as to benefit the public.¬† After submitting a patent application, faculty work with Xavier'Äôs Technology Transfer Office and/or external Technology Transfer firms, to market and commercialize the Intellectual Property.¬† Appropriate companies will be contacted to assess their interest in obtaining a license to the patent. When an appropriate commercial partner is identified by the Technology Transfer Office, a license agreement will be negotiated and executed.¬† For more information, please contact Ann Smith, Assistant Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs.