Submitting an Innovation

Tell us about your innovation! We want to hear about it, the earlier the better, at any stage of development. Then we can help in a variety of ways, from filing a patent application to finding a licensee to identifying sources of research funding.

Contact us any way you like. Give us a call, send an email, stop us in the hallway, meet us for coffee.

Tell us before you publicly disclose your innovation. You must initiate patent protection before you publicly disclose your invention or some patent rights will be lost. Once an application is filed, you can broadcast to the world and still keep all commercialization options on the table.

Submit an invention disclosure. Before we can proceed, you need to submit an invention disclosure.

Our NEW inventor portal offers CSU researchers the ability to disclose their inventions to CSU Ventures through a secure online interface and allows researchers to view details and status information on inventions that they have disclosed through the portal.

If you are using the inventor portal for the first time, the first step is requesting a portal account on the inventor portal website.  Once your account is approved, you can begin disclosing inventions.  A written guide on using the inventor portal is provided below.

You may also use our Word template for disclosing your invention, if you experience difficulty with the portal or prefer not to sign up for a portal account.

If you have any questions about disclosing an invention or using the inventor portal, please do not hesitate to contact CSU Ventures.

What innovations should be disclosed? If in doubt, talk to us first. In general, we want to hear about anything that anyone outside the University might want, including:

  •  Compositions of matter
  •  Methods
  •  Instruments
  •  Algorithms
  •  Biological materials
  •  Software programs
  •  Anything else potentially of value.


Even if you intend to provide the item free of charge (e.g., software, chemical compounds, biological materials), it’s best to speak with us first to prevent an unintentional loss of rights, and to protect yourself and the University from unwanted liabilities.