If you have an idea for a technology that you think might be patentable or otherwise protectable, for example through copyright protection, contact any of the OTT staff members.
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 OTT. 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 the OTT staff can help you determine the level of detail necessary.