Invention Disclosure - Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation - Carnegie Mellon University

The disclosure phase

begins when the inventor(s) submit the initial invention disclosure. To start the invention disclosure process, you can download the standard form [doc] or open source/app/software version [doc], complete it, and return it to CTTEC via e-mail. 

A CTTEC officer will connect and work with you through the licensing process.

The earlier this process begins, the better, to avoid losing patentable ideas. Ideally, submitting a disclosure prior to publication is recommended.

If an invention is licensed to a company, Carnegie Mellon shares 50 percent of the net proceeds from the licensed technology with the inventor(s) per CMU's IP policy [pdf]. The remaining funds are used to support core university programs. 

In addition to financial return from commercial successful inventions, the research community receives:

  • Access to our community

  • Business Development Expertise

  • Market Assessment

  • Legal Advice