If you have software 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 software is filling out a software 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. For software, we generally do not file provisional patent applications. However, OTT is responsible for granting software licenses to outside entities.