- The disclosure process begins with the innovator contacting the Innovation Center (IC) for an informal review of the circumstances and subject matter of the invention.
- If a determination is made that the invention may be patentable, the IC will request the inventor to submit the MaineHealth Intellectual Property Disclosure Form.
- If the health system does proceed, the IC will maintain dialogue with the inventor and a patent attorney to develop a patent application. Patent issuance can take anywhere from 18-26 months.
After thorough review of other health system policies, MaineHealth developed the generous MaineHealth Intellectual Property Policy. which splits any income derived from IP earnings between the inventor, the inventor’s department, and MaineHealth.
Breakdown of Intellectual Property Income Allocation:
|% to MaineHealth Workforce Member (Inventor)
|% to Inventor’s MaineHealth Department
|% to MaineHealth
Additional benefits include:
- Inventor has higher % repayment and chance of success
- Opportunities for inventors without lab shares
- Use of MaineHealth facilities, equipment, personnel, etc.
- MaineHealth IP and Tech Transfer expertise
- Commercialization connections and business coaching
Various commercialization paths may be pursued, but all involve some type of licensing of patent rights. Licensing technologies is a challenging step in the process of technology transfer. Inventors are highly encouraged to build relevant industry networks, publish articles about the technology, and attend conferences and tradeshows to promote the technology.