If your dissertation work could lead to your seeking a patent for a new invention or discovery, you may want to "embargo" (or delay) public release of your dissertation for a specified period (e.g., a year) by selecting one of the three standard embargo periods that ProQuest supports (e.g. 6 months, 1 year, 2 years) to give yourself time to file a patent. During the initial steps of uploading your thesis or dissertation, you will be given an opportunity to select one of these embargo periods. Once you make such an invention or discovery public, you may lose your opportunity for a patent in the United States if you do not apply for a patent within a year.
If you develop a patentable invention with University funds, including graduate student support or facilities, please also understand that you have a responsibility to disclose the invention to the University Office of the Vice President for Research. They can provide you with GW’s “Policy on Patents and Scholarly Works”, and an invention disclosure form. To view the GW University Polices on patents and copyright policy please click on the links below:
General Information on patents can be found at United States Patent and Trademark Office.