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How the TTC Reviews Inventions

How We Review an NCI Employee Invention Report
Your Employee Invention Report (EIR) will be reviewed by us to ensure that a well-formed decision on patent filing is made. If you are an NCI scientist, the TTC schedules a confidential review by the NCI Technology Review Group (TRG), which is a group of fellow NCI scientists who evaluate EIRs and patent applications in light of the PHS Patent Policy.The TRG revieweres have the appropriate scientific expertise to evaluate the discovery, and at least two TRG reviewers review any EIR. The TRG reviewers then present their assessment and recommendations about the invention at a monthly meeting with your Technology Trasfer Manager (TTM) present. You will be informed by your TTM of the TRG’s recommendation and will be asked to comment on it, and then the recommendation is sent to your Division Director as to whether or not a patent application should be filed.
 
Who Decides?
It is Division Director’s responsibility to decide if a patent application for the reported invention will be filed. The decision is based upon the recommendation from the TRG. If your Division Director agrees to file a patent application, the TTM sends your EIR to a contract law firm to prepare a patent application and filing with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). You will work closely with the patent attorney at the contract law firm on the preparation of the patent application, with the assistance of the TTM.
 
How long does this take?
The EIR review process takes approximately three months. You can expedite the process by submitting your completed EIR to your TTM as soon as possible. The TTM assigned to NCI inventor’s laboratory will be the contact person for assisting TTM throughout the review process. They are there to help you!
 
Updated
Tuesday, October 11, 2016