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Submit a Disclosure Form

JMU Technology Innovation respects the rights and privileges afforded to inventors by local, state, and national laws. Under JMU’s Intellectual Property Policy inventions at JMU must be disclosed to the university.  An invention is generally described as any new and useful process including computer programs, machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter, or related improvement. The process of invention includes conception of the invention and reduction to practice showing the invention obtains desired results. In order for an invention to be patentable it must have utility (be useful), it must be novel (new and original), and it must be non-obvious to one of ordinary skill in the field. An invention may also be a copyrightable creative work. Copyrightable creative works include applications for smart devices (e.g., iPhone or iPad apps), online textbooks, websites, questionnaires, survey instruments, and videos. 

To disclose an invention, faculty or students must complete a disclosure form. A disclosure form includes pertinent information about the invention such as a list of the inventors, a description of the invention, and information about a pre-existing sponsorship if one exists. Submitting a disclosure form is the first step towards gaining a copyright for your invention. JMU’s Intellectual Property Invention and Copyright Disclosure form is available here.

The disclosure process can be puzzling for first time inventors so we have created a help sheet for your convenience. The help sheet breaks down the process by each section of the form. The help sheet is available here.

Please submit completed Disclosure forms to bourneml@jmu.edu and a signed original to JMUTechnology Innovation, MSC 4904, 127 W. Bruce Street, Ice House 225, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.