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Deciding whether or not to file a patent

The preparation, filing, prosecution and maintenance of a patent are time consuming and expensive. 

In addition, not all academic research will be used in commercial development within the foreseeable future. Thus, prior to engaging in the preparation of a patent application, it is worthwhile evaluating the pros and the cons of pursuing patent rights to a particular invention. Usually the TTO staff will work with the researchers to gather and structure the information needed for carrying out this assessment (see  Collecting the information on a disclosed invention ). This information is then used to decide whether or not to apply for patent protection.
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