What is an Invention Disclosure Form?
An IDF (also called a Technology Disclosure Form) is a written description of your invention or development that is provided to the TTO. The IDF should list all sponsors of the research and should include any other information necessary to begin pursuing protection and commercialisation activities. It is critical that you note the date of any upcoming publication or other public disclosure describing the invention. To initiate the process, mail, email or fax the IDF to our office. This document will be treated as confidential. You will be contacted by the TTO shortly after your submission of the IDF to discuss the invention and its potential commercial applications.
Why should I submit an IDF?
When you disclose your invention to the TTO, it starts a process that could lead to the commercialisation of your technology. On the part of the TTO, this may involve beginning the legal protection process and working to identify outside development partners such as potential licensees and industry collaborators. You should verify the conditions associated with the use of Government or other funds for research you have undertaken. Similar requirements may exist for other sponsored projects.
How do I know if my discovery is an invention? Should I be submitting an Invention Disclosure Form?
An invention is any idea, discovery and/or know-how that are either patentable or potentially patentable. In general, an invention must be or must relate to a new product or process, involving an inventive step and is capable of industrial application. Any associated or supporting technology is considered to be part of an invention.
You are encouraged to submit an IDF for all developments that you feel may solve a significant problem and/or have a commercial application and/or have significant value. If you are in doubt, contact the TTO to discuss the potential invention in full confidentiality. We may also be able to advise on alternatives to licensing and strategies for commercialisation.
When should I complete an Invention Disclosure Form?
You should complete an IDF whenever you feel you have discovered something unique with possible commercial value. This should be done well before presenting the discovery through publications, poster sessions, conferences, press releases, or other communications. Once publicly disclosed (i.e., published or presented in some form to a non-TTO audience), an invention may have restricted or minimal potential for patent protection in Mauritius, and any other foreign country.
Differences exist between Mauritius and other countries on the impact of early publication and public disclosure on seeking patent protection.
Should I disclose research tools?
Yes, if your new tools would benefit other researchers and you are interested in providing them to those researchers and to others.
Typically, research tools are materials such as antibodies, vectors, plasmids, cell lines and other materials used as “tools” in the research process. Most research tools do not necessarily need to be protected by patents in order to be licensed to commercial third parties and/or to generate revenue. Other research tools (such as processes) may need to be patented in order that a company will invest in the engineering development to make the process broadly useful. If you have research tools or research collaborations that you believe to be valuable, or wish to provide to others, the TTO will work with you to develop the appropriate protection, licensing and distribution strategy.
How do I submit a Technology Disclosure?
You can download the Invention Disclosure Form, from the TTO website.
Complete forms may be submitted on firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax 465 1239, or can be dropped off at the TTO itself.