Invention disclosure is the act of sharing sufficient information for another person to carry out or duplicate your invention. In order to begin the process of protecting your invention you must first disclose the invention to the RPC. "Public disclosure" of your invention through publication, presentation at conferences, poster sessions, web site postings, classroom discussions, etc. will result in losing all rights to patenting in foreign countries. Failure to file a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office within one year of a public disclosure results in complete loss of patenting rights.
We recommend that independent inventors enter into a confidentiality agreement with our office prior to any discussion with us regarding your inventions. Please contact us for more information. Once we have the fully signed confidentiality agreement form, you can complete the invention disclosure form either in Word or PDF format. Completed forms can be faxed, mailed or emailed to our office.