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Disclosing Your Invention

If you believe that your invention is unique and has potential commercial applications, please submit the Invention Disclosure Form together with any relevant documents to Please note that this should be done at least 3 months before any public disclosure of your invention through conference abstracts, posters, publications, dissertations, press releases, public talks, information posted online in public domain or other communications.

The disclosure form is designed to gather specific information that will enable evaluation of the invention's patentability and commercial potential. You will need to describe your invention in as much detail as possible as well as who contributed to it, who funded it and its potential commercial applications. For an invention to be patentable, it must, in general, satisfy three key criteria:

  1. New –the invention must be novel and not publicly known or described in any way, anywhere in the world.
  2. Inventive – involves a technical feature that is not obvious. The inventive step or improvement must not be obvious to someone with technical skills or knowledge in the invention’s particular field.
  3. Useful – industrially-applicable. The invention should be capable of being made or used in some form of industry.

When an invention is disclosed to NUHS Research Office, we assess the patentability against these criteria, as well as other factors such as unmet need, impact on clinical care, market analysis, potential challenges to patenting and commercialisation, and likelihood of out-licensing to a company for further development.

NUHS Research Office may contact you for further clarifications and discussion during the evaluation of your invention.

As a general rule, NUH owns inventions made by its employees while working under a grant or contract to NUH or using NUH resources. The ownership means that NUH owns the right to apply for and be granted a patent created by NUH employees. The NUH employees who created the invention will be named as inventors in the patent applications.

 The guide to ownership, distribution and commercial development of Technology and IP developed by NUH Staff members can be found in the NUH IP Policy document, available in NUHS Portal. [To access document: Go to http://nuhs-portal/ >> e-DCS >> Hospital Administrative Policy (HAP)]