Invention, Idea or Concept

Three things to do when you have your next big invention, idea or concept:

Talk to a member of the TU Dublin Innovation team

TU Dublin Innovation encourages colleagues and students to publish their research in peer- reviewed journals wherever possible. However, colleagues and students should consider the commercial potential of their research results and scholarly works. Where intellectual property is thought to exist, colleagues and students should engage with one of our team who can advise on protecting the research appropriately before publishing.

Written description of invention

In order for TU Dublin Innovation to fully evaluate your new invention, it is important that we firstly capture a number of points:

Please contact for more information. The IDF is the first step in the TU Dublin process of identifying intellectual property and determining how to proceed with it. It should be submitted to TU Dublin Innovation when something new and useful has been invented. Completed IDFs are important legal documents in that they record what has been invented as well as the circumstances under which the invention was made. Submitted IDFs are treated as confidential until a patent application has been filed or the invention is publicly disclosed. IDFs should be completed with as much detail as possible, with each of the inventors signing the form.

IP assigned to TU Dublin

Unlike most other third level institutes, TU Dublin does not claim ownership of work carried out by TU Dublin inventors in the course of their work. Rather, the creator (staff or students) owns all legal rights to the IP () except where:

In these cases, and where the inventor wants TU Dublin to commercialise their invention on their behalf, the IP must be formally assigned to TU Dublin.

This assignment can be carried out simply by getting each inventor to separately complete an TU Dublin Innovation Assignment Agreement. Please contact for more information.

Both an IDF and an IP Assignment Agreement form should be completed in all cases where something new and useful has been invented. 

Commercialisation Strategy

Once the IDF and IP Assignment Agreement have been received and reviewed, our team, in agreement with the inventor(s) will put in place the most appropriate commercialization strategy, comprising:

Potential Industry Partner

When your invention is at an appropriate stage to be placed on the market, TU Dublin Innovation, in agreement with the inventor(s) will approach a number of potential industry partners. These industry partners can:


Should you (and your fellow inventors) wish to start a company based on the IP, we will help you set up a new business based on your invention, idea or concept. TU Dublin Innovation offers support, advice and mentoring to help you and your new business become successful and grow rapidly. The team has considerable experience in starting and running businesses, from small university-based start-ups to working for some of the largest multi-nationals in the world.

Royalties Generated

According to TU Dublin IP Policy, up to 75% of net revenues received from commercialisation are returned to the inventor.