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This is the period in which you and your Duke OTC representative review the invention disclosure, conduct patent searches (if applicable), and analyze the market and competitive technologies to determine the invention’s commercialization potential. The Duke Fellows internship program will also help in the above steps.

This evaluation process, which may lead to a broadening or refinement of the invention, will guide our strategy on whether to focus on licensing to an existing company or creating a new business start-up.