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Submit an Invention

Inventors are encouraged to contact our office and/or submit an Invention Report Form (WORD | PDF) to techventures@columbia.edu as early as possible in the inventive process, preferably before a public disclosure of the idea or invention.  The Invention Report Form is designed to gather specific information that will enable evaluation of the invention's patentability and commercial potential.

If you are not sure your discovery or idea rises to the level of an invention, please reach out to your Licensing Officer for an informal discussion.  Your Licensing Officer will be able to quickly evaluate if your early concepts merit submission of an Invention Report Form.

If you have questions for our office and you are unsure who your Licensing Officer is, feel free to schedule an appointment through our Inventor Office Hours