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 OTTCP. For software, we generally do not file provisional patent applications. However, our office is responsible for granting software licenses to outside entities.
For other software questions (including questions about open source releases), please contact Jennifer Shockro.