The invention disclosure form is an ideal way to notify TIDO of a new discovery and allows us to start the evaluation process. The invention disclosure is a written description of your invention or technology and serves as the formal record of your invention. This helps TIDO assess the invention for IP protection, marketing and commercialization. Please note that a disclosure to TIDO is confidential and is not a public disclosure; nor does it protect your invention.
To start the process, fill out an Invention Disclosure Form and email it to us at TIDO@childrens.harvard.edu. Please notify TIDO of an invention before any public disclosures (publications, public meetings, abstracts, etc.) in order to maintain the ability to obtain patent rights.
TIDO is available to discuss your innovation, no matter how early stage. Reach out to us by email to TIDO@childrens.harvard.edu, call us at (617) 919-3019 or contact your department’s licensing manager. Please notify TIDO of an invention before any public disclosures (publications, public meetings, abstracts, etc.) in order to maintain the ability to obtain patent rights.
For more information on how inventions are handled or how proceeds from commercialization are distributed, please review the Boston Children’s Intellectual Property Policy.
- Disclose inventions to TIDO by completing the invention disclosure form when you think you have created an invention or discovered something unique with commercial or research value.
- To avoid risking the loss of your patent rights and hindering the opportunity to market your invention, contact TIDO before having any discussions with people outside of Boston Children’s, including companies or the press.
- On the invention disclosure form, include companies and contacts you believe might be interested in your invention. More than 70 percent of all licenses are executed with commercial entities known to the inventor.
- Respond to TIDO and outside patent counsel requests. While some aspects of the patent and licensing process may require significant participation on your part, we will strive to make efficient use of your valuable time.
- Keep TIDO informed of upcoming publications or interactions with companies related to your invention. In some cases, a confidential disclosure agreement may need to be put in place before a discussion with the company to protect BCH’s patent rights.
TIDO wants every great idea to succeed. Boston Children’s Intellectual Property Policy was created to ensure an equitable distribution of revenues from its intellectual property. When Boston Children’s receives revenue from the licensing of an invention, the revenue first goes to pay back expenses incurred by Boston Children’s such as patent filing costs, licensing costs and litigation costs, as well as any money owed to third-party sponsors, co-owners and co-inventors of the invention. For inventions licensed after January 15, 2015, the rest of the revenue received will be distributed as shown in the table below.
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