Intellectual property protects ideas and helps share them with the world.
nventors should disclose an invention to the TTO when an invention results through University research or use of institutional resources.
It is important to let the TTO know of an invention before public disclosure, as a public disclosure acts as a bar to patent rights in most countries.
The TTO generally requests 30 days in advance of a public disclosure to evaluate an invention and file patent application. However, please contact the TTO before any imminent public disclosure even if fewer than 30 days remain. Don't hesitate to reach out to the TTO team with questions regarding whether to disclose an invention or for assistance in doing so.
Learn more about using the Inventor Portal in this Guide to Completing an Intellectual Property Form. For any other questions, please contact the TTO.