While it is recognized that the results of university research are, in the vast majority of cases, reported to the public through various professional channels, it is possible that some investigators may conclude that best use of their findings will require patenting.
The University requires that all inventions emanating from Kettering University, regardless of the source of support, be reported in a prescribed manner in order that possible third-party proprietary interests may be identified.
When any member of the University community (e.g., faculty, staff, student), in pursuance of his University duties, makes a discovery or invention which has some promise of patentability, he or she should promptly report the information in writing to the Sponsored Research Office (SRO) by completing the Invention Disclosure Form.
If the University determines a patentability search will be performed, the Invention Disclosure form will be forwarded to a law firm for advice and assistance. The University reserves the right not to seek a patent if the prospects for return are not favorable. In that case, the inventor may elect to, on his own initiative, obtain patents on his invention and thereafter administer, dispose of, or license such patents in whatever manner seems to him to be appropriate.