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Intellectual property protection

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  1. Resource Description
    An invention must be protected if it is to be commercialized in the best possible manner to benefit society, the inventor, and the University; a patent is the surest means to protect an invention. A patent prevents others from making, using, or selling an inventor’s intellectual property. In the U.S., this protection lasts for 20 years from the date of filing with varying periods of protection in foreign jurisdictions. The Office of Technology Development (OTD) provides researchers with advice on the patentability of an invention. To be patentable, a discovery must meet three basic criteria: * It must be useful; * It must be novel; and * It must not be obvious If an invention meets these criteria, OTD files a patent. If an invention requires further development and validation before a patent is filed, OTD shepherds the process and provides specific advice at critical points.
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    Harvard Office of Technology Development
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  4. ERO_0001053
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