Submit report of invention | Initiate MTA/NDA | Find translational funding | Deceptive notices | University intellectual property policy | How to obtain a utility patent


Johns Hopkins has been at the forefront of innovation for more than 140 years. This rich history continues today as evidenced by the more than 500 reports of invention JHTV receives each year.

With excellent service and robust resources, JHTV aims to provide our researchers, faculty and staff everything they need to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.


Submit report of invention

From report of invention to patent application and licensing, JHTV aspires to provide inventors with a responsive, transparent process that efficiently moves their novel scientific and industrial discoveries, products and services to market.


Initiate MTA/NDA


Submitting non-disclosure agreements (NDA) and material transfer agreements (MTA) enables JHTV to act in and protect the interests of Johns Hopkins investigators.


Find translational funding


Translational funding helps researchers move their early research out of the lab and onto a path toward commercialization. With a thorough knowledge of funding offered within and outside of Johns Hopkins, JHTV helps researchers identify relevant opportunities.


Deceptive notices


Unfortunately, inventors and researchers occasionally receive letters claiming to originate from patent offices or law firms. These deceptive notices tend to offer intellectual property services or request maintenance fee payments.

If you receive such a notice, forward it to JHTV.


University intellectual property policy

To more efficiently bring the benefits of discovery to the world, Johns Hopkins has developed policies and guidelines that incentivize commercial development of intellectual and other property and protect the integrity of research.


How to obtain a utility patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issues utility patents, also known as patents for invention, for the development of a new process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter. Generally, holders of utility patents may restrict others from making, using or selling the protected invention for up to 20 years.