Commercialise your research
I’ve got an idea – what do I do now?
Step 1 Tell your business manager
If you’ve got an idea that might have commercial potential or meet a social need, the first step is to get in touch with the business manager for your department or NHS trust.Find your business manager
Step 2 Download an invention disclosure form (IDF)
If your idea has potential, your business manager will ask you to complete a confidential invention disclosure form. The IDF asks for the names of all inventors, a brief description of the invention, funding sources, and potential commercial applications of the technology.Download IDF
Keep it secret!
You must contact UCLB before talking or writing about your technology publicly – otherwise you might not be able to get a patent. Sharing the data with colleagues or posting an abstract on the internet are examples of public disclosure that could harm your chances of patenting an invention.