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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
 
1. Whom do I contact  ?
Contact KSU's Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing program and arrange a meeting for an informal discussion about your idea, discovery, or invention.
Telephone: 0096614693117
Fax: 0096614673505
E-mail:iptl@ksu.edu.sa
 
2. How do I start the process ? 
The first step is to disclose your invention or authored work to the University. You do this by documenting your invention. The University has an Invention Disclosure Form for University staff, faculty, and students to use for their invention disclosure.
 
3. Why should I disclose to the University  ?
There are two main reasons to disclose your invention. First, most universities require faculty and staff to disclose because it adds prestige and benefits the inventor’s department. Second, you may financially benefit if your invention is commercialized because you will get part of the profit or royalties. You may even have a chance to start your own company. In addition, the IPTL has substantial experience and can help you accomplish the commercial goals you and the University wish to achieve with your invention.
 
4. Does disclosure apply when I believe that I discovered the invention while I was employed by a different employer  ?
The first step is to disclose your invention or authored work to the University. You do this by documenting your invention. The University has an Invention Disclosure Form for University staff, faculty, and students to use for their invention disclosure.
 
5. Can I enter into cooperative agreement based on patentable inventions with commercial enterprises or other external parties  ?
Please consult the office of IPTL to facilitate this process.
 
6. How do I protect my work - if I want to speak at a conference or want to publish my research  ?
Once you have disclosed your work to the University, the IPTL can help protect your invention(s) with patents or ownership processes. The IPTL understands the importance of work with critical time schedule for both you and those involving the patenting process.

However, if you are making public the details of your work without a Non-disclosure Agreement, it is imperative that the information released would not enable "someone skilled in the art" to reduce the idea to practice. A release of such information puts your work in the public domain, which could prevent your work from being patented. Therefore, if you want to speak at a conference or publish your research, you should speak with the IPTL beforehand to maximize protection for your invention.

 
7. Does it cost anything to meet with the IPTL  ?
No. The IPTL is here to serve the University community. The IPTL budget pays many of the expenses associated with the management of intellectual property. However, when technology is licensed and the licensee generates revenues, a portion of the revenues will be used to reimburse the IPTL for the expenses it incurred for protecting or commercializing that technology, like legal and patenting expenses.
 
8. What if the documents you provide in this website does not fit my situation or if I disagree with terms indicated in these documents  ?
Each project is unique and may require distinctive contractual language and conditions that are appropriate for that project. We have provided sample documents on the website to give you an idea of what each document entails. Each agreement is subject to modification and editing to fit the specific needs of your project.
 
9. Can I just come in and talk about my invention  ?
Yes, we encourage you to take a few minutes to discuss your work and goals. Please call or email to set an appointment at your convenience. We look forward to meeting you and to discussing your work and its potential.
 
10. Is it unfair that the University owns my invention when I invented it on my own  ?
Think of it this way. You might not have reached your invention without the resources available to you at the University like laboratory facilities, student contributions, collegial inputs, a nurturing environment, your attendance at conferences, the support infrastructure and networks provided by the University.
 
11. What should I do if a company contacts me to buy my prior or current technology research results  ?
You should contact the IPTL to have a discussion. The discussion is important because it helps protect from any unintentional loss of intellectual property. The fact that an outside third party that is commercially inclined towards your research results indicates their expectation that this purchase will yield positive business results in the form of revenue or new intellectual property for their product development. This type of interest will be furthered with the involvement of the IPTL.