The first step in disclosing an invention is filling out an invention disclosure form. We need this form to accurately track your invention. Federal law requires that Caltech notify a government agency of inventions made under federally supported research. For this reason, it is essential that we know whether your technology was developed under federal sponsorship.
Return your completed disclosure form to OTTCP per instructions on the form. In the majority of cases, we will file a provisional patent application with the information that you provide. A provisional patent application must meet all of the requirements of 35 U.S.C. section 112. In brief, it must have a complete written description that enables one of skill in the art to practice the invention. A member of our staff can help you determine the level of detail necessary.
Invention Disclosure Form
Additional Inventors Form