Types of Protection for Intellectual Property

At CoMotion, our Intellectual Property (IP) staff includes patent portfolio managers with expertise in life sciences and engineering. Our experience in managing IP with outside law firms helps us establish a strategy to maximize—and protect—the commercial value of your IP. We can assist you with the following forms of IP protection, and tailor them to your unique circumstances: 


Patents provide exclusive rights in an innovation for a limited period of time. Please note that a patent conveys a right to exclude others from making, using, or selling, and it is not a right to sell, manufacture or use. Our in-house patent agents can conduct a comprehensive search for patents and patent applications in your technical discipline. This type of information will help you to:
  • determine which patents are now in the public domain
  • understand the activities and strengths of known competitors and identify potentially unknown players by finding pending patent applications (publicly available 18 months after filing)
  • determine how rapidly new innovation is taking place in your space
  • identify gaps in research and development
  • be aware of densely versus sparsely patented aspects of your research area
  • consider whether industry patent holders could become sponsors of your research
  • better position your technology to attract funding


Copyrights protect not only books and journal publications, but also software, artwork, photography, music, and website content. Additionally, the UW Copyright Connection provides resources on copyright law, policies, and guidelines. 

Trademarks, Service Marks, and Certification Marks

These let you protect the goodwill of a distinctive name, word, or phrase or logo or other image that identifies or certifies a product or service in the marketplace. 

Trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements, etc.

These allow proprietary information to be shared outside the University for collaborative, licensing, and other purposes. 

Material Transfer Agreements

These allow transfer of research materials with other academic or corporate researchers. Learn more here.