Types of Protection for Intellectual Property

At CoMotion, our Intellectual Property (IP) staff includes patent portfolio managers and patent paralegals. Our patent portfolio managers have expertise in IP protection spanning sciences and engineering fields and are aligned with innovation stakeholders in creating, maximizing, and sustaining maximum commercial value from IP assets. Our experience in managing IP with outside law firms helps us establish a strategy to maximize—and protect—the commercial value of IP. We can assist with the following forms of IP protection, and tailor them to your unique circumstances:

A patent holder has the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, and importing an innovation for a period of time. Patents do not convey a right to sell, manufacture or use the innovation. Our in-house patent portfolio managers work with CoMotion’s Innovation Mangers in assessing the patentability and scope of patent protection of an innovation and patent portfolios. Here are a few activities that may be performed by a patent portfolio manager you will work with:

  • evaluate innovations and manage the patenting process • prepare, draft, and file patent applications based on invention disclosures from UW researchers, faculty and staff (inventors).
  • conduct a search for patents and patent applications in a technical discipline 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.

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.

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

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