Submitting an Invention Disclosure Form is an important first step in the process of documenting your invention and disclosing your new idea. It serves as a basis to allow our office to conduct a marketability and patentability evaluation of the technology and facilitates the filing of a patent application when appropriate. We welcome an opportunity to discuss your ideas and discoveries well before you disclose an invention in order to provide the best support and develop the best commercialization strategy for your discovery.
The invention disclosure is simple and easy to complete, creates a written record of your invention and facilitates the technology transfer process.
Investigators are encouraged to submit an Invention Disclosure Form as early as possible, preferably weeks to months in advance of publicly presenting or publishing the details of an invention. This allows IRTTO to best protect your intellectual property rights. Making a public disclosure prior to filing a patent application may limit the ability to obtain patent protection and may reduce the commercial value of an invention.