Commercialization Process

Step-by-step instructions

Commercialization Process

Is my Finding, Research or Idea an Invention?

  • If your finding follows government laws and regulations, is novel, useful and non-obvious, then it is an invention (Bitlaw, 2016).

  • If you are unsure if your finding qualifies as an invention, please either contact us or submit an Invention Disclosure form the following links.

Contact Submit Invention



Disclose the Invention

The Invention Disclosure is a confidential document, and should fully describe the new aspects of your invention, including the critical solution it provides and its advantages and benefits over current technologies.

An Invention Disclosure is a written description of your invention. It can include bullet-point descriptions, manuscripts, drawings, photos. Anything in writing can serve as an Invention Disclosure as long as it describes the essential features of your invention. The Invention Disclosure is the first step in documenting your idea and submitting it to our office for possible patent protection.

Please disclose to OTC before publishing or presenting at conference, which are both considered as public disclosures.


If you have a Sophia Account, please sign in here to submit your Invention Disclosure. Otherwise, please request access by clicking here.

For instructions how to register, click the following link Sophia Instructions.pdf


Product Development Considerations for Your invention Disclosure.

As an inventor, here is a list of product development questions for you to consider while disclosing your invention:

  • What are the products and who is the customer?
  • Location of the potential market?
  • Who are the competitors?
  • What do existing products cost?
  • Can the products be incorporated into other existing products? If so, what existing products?
  • What are the benefits over competitor’s products?



Evaluate the Invention

Initial Evaluation

Our staff evaluates your invention by assessing its stage of development and commercial potential. We review the technology and perform detailed patent searches and market analysis to define the features and benefits of the invention.

Patent Search

OTC performs a detailed patent search to locate similar inventions in your technology cluster and the patent search results are provided to the inventors for further review and evaluation of similarities to their invention.
OTC never guarantees patentability of any invention.

Market Search

We will also conduct a thorough market search to assess which industries will most directly benefit from your invention and identify companies within that market that could possibly license your invention. In addition, we will also provide a future outlook on those industries to evaluate the product development potential for your invention.

Patent Process

Patent Filing

The first patent application OTC can have filed with the USPTO is a provisional patent application. A provisional is valid for one year and holds your place in line at the USPTO. A provisional is not examined, it is not read, and it never issues as a patent. It gets inventors a filing date for the invention.

Within that one year period, OTC will conduct a triage, or a search for similar ideas and market analysis. Inventors are encouraged to gather more data to support their invention during the one year period, and work together with OTC to determine if a market exists for the technology, whether valuable products could be developed, and locate industry contacts to find potential licensees for the technology.

International patents will not be filed on all inventions. We will work closely with inventors to determine the economic feasibility of filing international patent applications on particular technologies. Such considerations for international filings include technology type, potential product lines, foreign markets, public disclosure, OTC budget constraints, and whether a licensee is willing to pay all international patent fees.

Patent Prosecution

Inventors are copied on all correspondence with our patent lawyers and are informed during the entire process. The non-provisional patent process can typically take anywhere from 2-5 years, with negotiations between our lawyers and the USPTO (known as prosecution) lasting many years sometimes.

A patent application is never guaranteed to issue as a patent.

Market the Invention

• We conduct a thorough market analysis to assess which industries will most directly benefit from your invention.
• We identify companies within that market that could possibly license your invention.
• In addition, we will also provide a future outlook on those industries to evaluate the product development potential for your invention.

License the Invention

Licensing revenues are distributed in accordance with the Regent’s Rules of the University of Texas System. These rules provide for all costs of patenting and licensing to be recaptured. The remainder of income is divided:
• 50% to Inventors
• 25% to College, Department, or Center
• 25% to UTEP’s OTC


For more info please see the Link to licensing process for detail information.