Invention and Patent Reporting

IPL is responsible for assisting people fulfilling the patent provisions of their agreement. Please contact our office if there are any questions regarding the intellectual property obligations of the award.

All Subject Inventions (conceived or first actually reduced to practice in the performance of the agreement) must be reported through the iEdison system at www.iEdison.gov within two (2) months after the inventor discloses the invention to the person, or six (6) months after conception or first actual reduction to practice, depending on the terms of their agreement. Invention reporting is required regardless of any patent protection sought.

Failure to comply with the terms of the agreement may result in a loss of rights in Subject Inventions, including, but not limited to, forfeiture of retained rights.

Additionally, through iEdison, people are required to promptly report the acceptance of any manuscript describing the invention for publication or of any on sale or public use planned for the invention. If the agreement requires prior DOE approval of publications (e.g. large businesses), our office should be contacted for assistance.

For assistance with iEdison, please contact the iEdison Help Desk at (301) 435-1986 or email edison@od.nih.gov. Questions regarding the patent and data provisions of an agreement with DOE should be directed to our office at (630) 252-2171 or Chicago-IP@science.doe.gov.