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Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Protect your ideas and work products. Disclose them to VTIP on the IP Disclosure Form at www.vtip.org.

Employees are required to disclose all intellectual property that has the potential for commercial utilization. Valuable patent rights may be lost if you publish your paper or otherwise disclose an invention prior to filing a patent application. File a disclosure before you publish.

Be careful about sharing your ideas. Have a confidentiality agreement in place before you talk about your ideas.