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Medical Innovation FAQs
Intellectual property (IP) is creations of the human mind. Examples include inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, images, logos, designs, collections, etc.
- If you are federally funded, it is required by law. (Bayh-Dole Act of 1980)
- Benefit society through enhancing health by bringing new therapies, devices, diagnostics and services to market.
- Promote economic development; create new businesses and jobs in our region.
- Attract development funding.
- IP protection can open new scientific advances and promote progress.
Intellectual property can be protected in a variety of ways, including patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights and trade secrets. Before making a public disclosure, working with a technology licensing officer is critical to protect rights to intellectual property.
Contact the Center when you are:
- Seeking education on the commercialization pathway for medical innovations
- Looking to be connected to other entrepreneurs within the capital region
- Needing assistance to direct research/discovery/idea to a commercial application
- Desiring to engage industry
- Developing a new idea or investigating a new discovery
- Seeking funding to develop your technology for commercial applications
- Facing questions regarding business development, regulatory pathway, and/or reimbursement considerations
You will find a team that wants to partner with you and help move your innovation forward, whether you are looking to learn more about commercialization, are in the ideation phase, have a discovery or are already having conversations with an industry partner. The first step is to have an in-person meeting to determine what services are needed.
Call 717-531-8496 or email CMI@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.