Have any of you had to fill out a disclosure of invention form? At my institution and I assume, many other institutions, this is a prerequisite to filing a patent. Well, I am currently in the throws of filling out one of these forms and I am here to say that it blows ass.
I was initially very excited about getting a patent on one of the proteins that I engineered. That is, until I started the required paperwork. At first glance the disclosure of invention form seemed easy enough; you just answer the questions.
The questions appear as though they can be answered with a few sentences. No problem. I answer the questions and send it back to my PI for review. What I find out is that the answers I provided, while correct, are not what the lawyers want. What they actually want is a couple of paragraphs of bullshit that contains information that is, at best, tangentially related to the question written on the form.
So for my second attempt at the disclosure form, I elaborated on my answers and then sent the form back to my PI, who then informed me that it was not "sexy" enough.
I really don't think it is possible to sex up a disclosure application, but I give it a shot anyway. Grrrrr.
I just handed in attempt number three and hopefully it's bringing sexy back. Basically, I emphasized how novel my engineered protein was and how it was really awesome at doing what it does and that it is way better than the lame-ass proteins found in nature that function in a similar manner. I felt like I was pimping out my protein when I wrote the third version, so maybe I was on the right track.