Capture Your Innovation

Capture Your Innovation

The starting point to capture your innovation is with an Invention Disclosure Form (IDF).


This form enables you to record an idea so that we can assess its patentability and commercial potential. The IDF is a series of questions which aim to extract the necessary information to allow us to assess its industrial and commercial potential. Public disclosures impact our ability to successfully commercialise inventions and care should be taken not to disclose the invention through publications or presentations before talking to our team. Prior to completing the Invention Disclosure Form, which describes a new invention arising from your research project(s), it may be helpful to come and discuss your invention with a member of our team:

Remember, think before you publish!

The opportunity to commercialise can be lost by publication of the research prior to filing a patent application. The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples of public disclosure. So, if you are in any doubt, please contact a member of the DCU Invent team for advice.

  • Grant Applications which are reviewed by panels not bound by confidentiality
  • Journals, as either articles or letters
  • Poster displays
  • Oral presentations at seminars
  • Information posted on notice boards in the internet
  • Abstracts (please be particularly wary of advance posting on websites prior to event or full publication)
  • Theses in DCU library or any other university library
  • E-mails to individuals or groups not bound by a confidentiality agreement/non-disclosure agreement
  • Open days
  • Exhibitions, prototype testing/demonstrations