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Kent State inventors at the 2009-2010 Inventor Recognition Ceremony

For Inventors

Update for Inventors: New streamlined invention processing system (4/6/2012)

As you may know, one of the important provisions of the new patent law which just passed is that the U.S. is now going to a first-to-file, rather than the traditional first-to-invent, patent system.  Therefore, KSU is going to respond with a streamlined invention processing system (within the context of current university policy) to enable patent filings to take place more expediently, as follows:

Inventions submitted to the Office of Corporate Engagement and Commercialization will be reviewed immediately, and provisional patent applications on selected inventions will be made quickly.  Patent Board meetings will be held biannually in September and March, during which 1) inventions not previously filed will be presented by inventors and reviewed, and 2) inventions previously filed as provisional applications which are coming up for a utility patent application decision will be reviewed.  Patent application filings will be made subsequently, as appropriate.

Grant McGimpsey
Vice President for Research
Chair, KSU Patent Board

Forms and Templates

Invention Disclosure Form (IDF) and Other Agreement Forms (Samples):


The following links take you to University-wide or Office of Corporate Engagement and Commercialization policies. Please contact us directly with questions.


Kent State University Patent Board



 Damron, Derek

 Professor, Biological Sciences

 Yang, Deng-Ke

 Professor, Chemical Physics, LCI

 Sprunt, Samuel

 Professor, Physics

 Songping Huang

 Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Administrative Ex Officio


 Hawke, Constance

 Associate University Counsel

 McGimpsey, Grant

 Vice President for Research