Frequently Asked Questions

Here you'll find some of the most common inquiries about the HSS Global Innovation Institute. For more detailed requests, please contact  

What does the HSS Global Innovation Institute do?

The Innovation Institute supports the creation of new, viable offerings in musculoskeletal care that improve clinical outcomes, enhance the patient experience, and/or lower the cost to deliver care in a meaningful way by advancing early-stage innovations in both Life Sciences (novel biomedical products and platforms) and Care Delivery (digital health solutions and care delivery models). The Innovation Institute aims to be a “one-stop-shop” for clinicians, researchers, and front-line staff to help assess ideas and support them through the innovation process efficiently and systematically. To do so, our team offers dedicated project management, IP protection, a fair, systematic review process, and connections to the right partners and investors.

How long has HSS been innovating?

Since 1979, the Hospital has enabled the active development of a pipeline of technology projects. We’ve been translating clinical and laboratory discoveries and innovations into products that benefit our musculoskeletal patients.

I have an idea, how can the Innovation Institute help me?

The Innovation Institute can guide you through the different paths you can take once you have an idea and advise you on how to avoid common mistakes people make that limit their ability to protect an idea. We can help determine if your invention or discovery is truly novel and advise on steps to protect, market, and/or license your idea. To enable the Innovation Institute to determine the invention’s commercial potential, certain information is needed. To help prepare this information, please submit the invention disclosure form under the Inventors Page and submit it to The more information you provide up front, the more efficient your first meeting with us will be.

If it is a simple idea, could it still be a good one?

You bet! In fact, it is often the case that the simplest inventions are the best and have the widest appeal. Contact us at to set up an appointment with one of our team members who will help to evaluate your idea.

Can I tell others about my great idea?

Fight the urge! If this idea is as great as you think it is, you do not want to do anything that might jeopardize your chances of success. In the U.S., you may have up to one year from the date of your first public disclosure of the invention to file a patent application. However, outside the US, you generally have no grace period – you must file your application before any non-confidential disclosure of the invention. Determining whether a disclosure is public can be challenging, but here are a couple of general points to help avoid inadvertently triggering a public disclosure: 1) conferences and publications (both online and in print) are usually public; 2) discussions with non-HSS personnel are usually non-confidential and are usually public. There is no clear line to determine public and non-confidential disclosures. We invite you to email us at for more information on this topic.

Does HSS have an ownership claim to my invention?

In some instances, HSS has an ownership interest to your invention, please contact us at for more information and a copy of the HSS IP policy.

How do I get in touch with the Innovation Institute?

To learn more about our technologies, how to submit an invention disclosure, or about partnering with the HSS Innovation Institute, please contact us at We will work to ensure the proper party receives your email.