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How & When to Submit an Invention to OTL

See below for information on how & when to submit an invention, including a link to the online portal where inventors can disclose their invention to OTL.

Submit an Invention to OTL

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How to Decide When to Submit an Invention

Whenever you have research results that may have a commercial potential, it is recommended that you submit an Invention Disclosure Form to the OTL or contact us at 650-723-0651 or at for consultation. In order to preserve potential patent rights, we strongly encourage inventors to disclose their invention as early as possible in the inventive process and before a public disclosure of your inventions or results. Public disclosures include, but are not limited to, journal and website publications, presentations at conferences or seminars (including open seminars at Stanford), posters, dissertations or master theses, pre-prints, and abstract publications. If you plan to have any public disclosure in the near future, please directly reach out to the Licensing Manager that you work with and discuss the next viable steps as soon as possible.

  • Please use OTL’s online researcher portal to submit a formal disclosure of your invention here:

Submit an Invention

Note: This website is only for submission of ideas and inventions created by people while affiliated with Stanford University, Stanford Health Care or Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.


Submit an Invention FAQ

Need more clarification about the invention disclosure process? See our Inventor FAQ: Submit an Invention section to read more.