Innovation Discovery

We facilitate Innovation Discovery events at DoD laboratories to help identify new inventions and promising commercial applications for those inventions

Since 2013, TechLink has been conducting Innovation Discovery events at Navy laboratories and Air Force laboratories nationwide to help those labs identify and protect their inventions, increase the size and commercial attractiveness of their patent portfolios, and improve the transfer of their patented technologies to the commercial sector to benefit the American public and U.S. military.

Below is a complete “do it yourself” kit that labs can use to increase their number of invention disclosures, improve existing disclosures in order to develop more commercially valuable patents, or identify promising commercialization opportunities for existing patents.

Included are the Innovation Discovery Handbook, a video introducing the process and providing guidance to lab scientists and engineers (S&Es) who will be presenting at an Innovation Discovery event, and additional resources, including comprehensive checklists for planning an event, a sample agenda, a sample non-disclosure agreement for the panel members, a PowerPoint template for use by lab S&Es, a suggested room layout for the event, and a sample attendee evaluation form.

Lastly, please enjoy this video, highlighting the successes and benefits of Innovation Discovery in the US Navy.