Any type of disclosure (whether orally, in a publication, demonstration, advertisement or article in a journal), by the applicant or anyone acting for them, could threaten a patent application. In order to prevent this, it is essential that the applicant does not make any disclosure related to the invention, except when the disclosure is made under conditions of strict confidence.
Also, once the patent application is filed, in many cases it is wise to delay a publication on research results that are subject of a patent application. The duration of this delay depends from case to case, but is never longer than 12 to 18 months after the patent is filed. For further information on patent applications, please contact Technology Management. Technology Management can help you define an adequate publication strategy that balances academic interests and commercialization interests.