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Sarah Irvine Belson
Interim Vice Provost for Research

Spring Valley Building, Room 311

Intellectual Property Commercialization 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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Intellectual Property Commercialization

The Interim Vice Provost for Research in the Office of the Provost supports American University faculty who are making discoveries to secure protection of and commercialization of their intellectual property. The Vice Provost will facilitate interaction between American University faculty and businesses interested in their work, and will undertake efforts to secure patents and licensing for their innovations.

The first step to protect intellectual property is to complete the IPC Disclosure Form and submit it to the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research. The faculty will be contacted to discuss evaluation of the intellectual property.

Questions? Please contact the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research at (202) 885-6333 or email

IPC Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the FAQ linked here to learn more about IPC at American and how to work through the IPC process at the university.

Disclosure Form and Contact Information

Completion of the form linked below is the first step in the IPC process. Once the form is submitted, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research will contact you.

IPC Disclosure Form

For answers to questions not covered on this website, please call or email Scott Cooke at 202-885-6333 or email

University IPC Policies

Please refer to these university policies as you work through the IPC process.