How to Submit an Invention?
Disclose Your Technology

To disclose a technology, UCSF inventors need to fill out and submit one of the three disclosure forms listed below to Office of Technology Management. Select the disclosure form that is best suited for your technology. If you are uncertain which form to use or need help completing one, just contact us – we are happy to assist you. Be sure to sign your disclosure form before submission!

Technology Disclosure and Income Distribution Forms

Forms can be submitted using email attachment as a scanned PDF to [email protected]. (Please note an electronic submission portal will be available in the future. Please stay tuned!)

1.1. Invention Disclosure Form

Use this form for all other kinds of inventions not listed above, including: diagnostics, therapeutics, medical and mechanical devices, methods of use, manufacturing processes, laboratory instruments and equipment, and other products.


1.2. Invention Income Distribution Forms

Use this form if you have two or more inventors and all the inventors agree amongst themselves to an income distribution that is different from that described in the UC Patent Policy. This form must be signed by all inventors and sent to OTM.


2. Research Tool Disclosure Form

Use this form for physical materials that will primarily be used for scientific research such as: a cell line, transgenic model, expression vector or research-use only antibody. These research tools are often also called “Tangible Research Property.”


3.1. Software and Copyright Disclosure Form

Use this form for any software, mobile apps or other copyrightable material such as surveys or questionnaires.


3.2. Software and Apps Income Distribution Forms


The Policy and Plan Options for Software and Apps Income Distribution document outlines the different plans for distributing income received from licensing unpatented sofware and apps.


If the developers of an unpatented software or apps would like to allocate the income differently than the default case, then all of the developers will need to complete the appropiate Income Distribution and Development Form:

For unpatent software:

INCOME DISTRIBUTION - Unpatented Software

For apps: 


4.1. Data Disclosure Form

Use this form for any data packages such as preclinical, in vitro or in vivo data; clinical data; or regulatory data.


What Happens After You Submit Your Disclosure Form?

After submitting a disclosure form to us, you will receive a notification email with the case number, name and contact information for the OTM Licensing Expert assigned to your disclosure. He/she will contact the inventors to discuss the technology's details and potential commercialization opportunities. The information you submit in your invention disclosure will be kept confidential. Note that an invention disclosure form by itself does not constitute a patent or patent application; it is a solely a record of your invention for UCSF’s internal use.