To ensure eligibility for U.S. patent rights covering your invention, a patent application must be filed within one year of public disclosure. To maintain patent rights in the rest of the world, a patent application must be filed prior to public disclosure anywhere in the world. Therefore, if you are interested in developing your new inventions into useful products or services for the public, please contact CTL immediately if and when you are about to publicly disclose new ideas or research results. The following are some examples of public disclosure:
Not all invention disclosures submitted to CTL are appropriate for patent protection. CTL will work with you to determine the potential and patentability of any disclosed inventions. If the decision is made to go ahead with a patent application, CTL will manage the process.