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New Disclosures

The Office for Technology Transfer (OTT) is dedicated to realizing the full impact of WHOI innovations. We do this in part by assessing technologies for IP protection, commercial potential, and impact. Your idea disclosure form & continued cooperation throughout the development process are essential to this mission.

What to Expect After Submission:

  • OTT will reach out for additional information and to set up a disclosure meeting, if you have not already done so.
  • After meeting with the inventors and an internal review, the disclosed technology will be prioritized for both IP protection and commercialization.
  • OTT staff will keep you up to date with the status of your disclosure.

For More Information: Learn more about OTT Processes

Ownership & Patent Process:

Institution IP Policy specifies that WHOI owns the intellectual property rights that result from research conducted at WHOI. Employees are required to sign the IP Agreement acknowledging their understanding of the policy at the start of their employment with WHOI.

For More Information: WHOI Intellectual Property Policy

Please note: Under the Bayh-Dole Act, we are required to report all inventions that have been federally funded to those funding agencies. This information is important and can affect future funding.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office for Technology Transfer,


Submit a New Disclosure