An Employee Invention Report (EIR) form is a standardized Public Health Service (PHS) form used to report inventions developed within the NIH Intramural Research Program. The purpose of the EIR is to document the invention by asking inventors for specific information and to evaluate whether or not the government should seek patent protection for such reported invention. The EIR also serves as an aid in searching the technical and patent literature to determine if the invention is patentable.
After making possibly patentable discovery, NCI researchers should immediately contact their Laboratory or Branch Chief and inform him or her of a possible invention and consult with your NCI TTC Technology Transfer Specialist about submitting an Employee Invention Report (EIR). In order to expedite the evaluation process, the entire form should be completed, including listing any and all participants in the discovery of the invention who you believe to be co-inventors, who participated in conceiving or continued development of the invention. The patent attorney who prepares the patent application will make the inventorship determination based on U.S. Patent Law. A person who merely carried out the inventor’s instructions, or acted only as a “pair of hands” does not qualify as a co-inventor. Omission of a legitimate inventor or inclusion of a non-inventor could invalidate a patent. Copies of manuscripts, data sets, lab meeting reports or any other printed matter describing your research, should be attached to the EIR to assist TTC staff in evaluating your invention.
To report an invention at NIH, please complete the Employee Invention Report (EIR) and forward any completed and signed EIR to your Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS). The TTS will assist NIH inventors in completing the EIR form and answer various related questions. For contact information, see the TTC Staff page.
For Leidos Biomedical Staff only: Download, print, complete, and attach the Leidos Biomedical Research Inc. Invention Report Coversheet to your EIR.
Please submit the EIR at least 12 weeks prior to any planned public disclosure to guarantee time required for taking possible action to preserve patent rights, and contact us for assistance if needed.
Thursday, May 19, 2016