For patents the rules vary in different countries with respect to public disclosure. A public disclosure can include a publication, either in print or on the internet, presentations at professional society meetings, technical discussions with colleagues from other institutions or from companies. Patent laws in the US have changed recently – America Invents Act of 2011. The U.S. is adopting the first to file system widely accepted by most nations, however, in some cases a patent application may be filed in behalf of the inventor, up to one year after public disclosure. In most countries, however, an invention cannot be patented once a public disclosure has occurred.
Subsequent to filing a patent application, disclosures and publications about the invention are encouraged as they are often beneficial to generate interest. However, there may still be some constraints on our ability to disclose information, e.g. regarding future contemplated applications. KUIC can help any inventor determine how and what to publish.
The copyright to software begins the moment the code is "affixed to tangible media." Consequently, there are fewer publication issues. KUIC can help register the copyright with the USPTO when there is commercial interest.