Conflict of Interest
University of Cincinnati licenses inventions and other technology to for-profit companies and receives income from this activity. Consequently, it must pay careful attention to, and resolve potential conflicts of interest that may arise. The University has established guidelines and procedures for identifying, protecting and licensing innovations resulting from University activities. However, every employee must strive to avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflicts of interest.
A conflict of interest is a breach of an obligation to the University that has the effect or intention of advancing one's own interest or the interests of others in a way detrimental to the interests or potentially harmful to the integrity or fundamental mission of the University.
For additional information, please contact the
University of Cincinnati Conflict of Interest office
Disclosing Inventions and Discoveries
Under UC policy, all new inventions created by UC employees or using substantial UC resources must be reported to UCTAC. This is done by completing and submitting an Invention Disclosure Form (“IDF”) which can be found in the Forms section of this website. The IDF is the important first step in the process of documenting your new invention to UCTAC, as it allows the UCTAC staff and its patent attorneys to make an initial determination of novelty, commercial relevance, patentability, as well as determine whether any obligations exist to the sponsors of your research that led to the invention.
In accordance with UC policy and Ohio law, all inventions created by UC employees in the course of their employment and/or using substantial UC resources are owned by UC. Moreover, UCTAC is the only entity legally allowed to manage UC inventions and associated intellectual property on behalf of University of Cincinnati.
Laws regulating export control have been in place in the United States since the Second World War. These regulations serve to carefully manage the flow of sensitive technology and know-how such that they don’t end up in countries where they can be used to commit harm. Given the cutting-edge nature of university research, as well as liberal access to our labs to foreign nationals and the amount of international travel conducted by our faculty in the course of their employment, compliance with export control law is of critical importance to UC.
Simply stated, information and/or under export-control includes any information or material that cannot be released to foreign nationals or representatives of a foreign entity, without first obtaining approval or license from the appropriate federal government regulatory agency (The actual agency will depend on actual information or material that is controlled).
More information may be found at University of Cincinnati Office of Export Control