a) Trademark b) Patent c) Industrial Design 2. At the meeting with the TTO the TT manager considers your research and informs you that it maybe possible to get a patent. What would you to expect her to say next a) I like this idea, let me get the forms b) This looks interesting. I would like to do some searches to see what has already been patented. c) I like this idea. Have you written this up somewhere, say, as a paper 3. In completing the application form the TTO manager notices you have made your invention made known to the university press officer and that the press officer has written a news article to be distributed to national and trade newspapers. What would you expect her reaction to be a) “That’s good news It will be good for you and help our application.
106 b) I will ring the press officer to see if this has been published yet. If not, I will get it stopped 4. When you next meet the TTO manager she informs you that in undertaking some searches she has found a number of similar patents plus a couple of articles in the trade press. What would you expect her recommendation to be a) Patent applications are costly. It is best to abandon the application at this stage b) We had better review the patents and articles c) Let us make an application anyway 5. At the next meeting the TTO manager informs you that fortunately the press officer has not released the information and that she has told the press officer to put the release on hold until a patent application is made. What would you expect the TTO manager to suggest as the next step a) Wed better make an application immediately b) Ill do a search to see what has already been published 6. You continue to tell the TTO manager that you have not told anyone about this. The TTO manager is pleased about this and tells you not to inform anyone of your ideas until a patent application has been made. What you would expect the manager to suggest as the next step a) Wed better make an application immediately b) Ill do a search to see what has already been published
107 7. The TTO manager, along with your help, has found all the documents, both previous patents granted and applications and has made a patent application to the IP office. The IP office examines your patent application and decides it is valid. A patent grant is then issued. What would you expect the TTO manager to suggest as the next move a) Well done. I will file this away b) Lets see if we can licence this