Submit Your Disclosure

Submitting an invention involves providing a description of your invention or development to the TLO. The submission (also called a technology disclosure) should also list all sponsors of the research and should include any other information necessary to begin pursuing protection and commercialization activities.


Inventors are encouraged to contact our office and/or submit an MIT Technology Disclosure Form as early as possible in the inventive process, before a public disclosure of the idea or invention. The disclosure form is designed to gather specific information that will enable evaluation of the invention's patentability and commercial potential.

If you are disclosing Biological and Tangible Material, please use the Disclosure Form for the Biological and Tangible Materials.

If you are disclosing software code, use the MIT Software Code Disclosure Form.


To enhance our mission to strategically evaluate, protect, and license technology, the TLO is replacing our current intellectual property information management system with a modern Salesforce system, named Shirley. This system will include a new portal to help provide MIT inventors with better transparency into intellectual property activities. The TLO will provide information about Shirley and the transformation process via our website and other communications channels. If you have any immediate questions about this process or experience delays in correspondence, please contact the TLO here


If you are disclosing other copyrightable materials (such as video, music, maskworks, or designs), please use the MIT Technology Disclosure Form and select “Other” as your form type. Please contact the TLO at 617-253-6966 or with any questions.


If you are a member of Lincoln Laboratory, you should download the Lincoln Laboratory Invention Disclosure Form or Lincoln Laboratory Software Copyright Disclosure FormMIT Campus Inventors should not use these forms. Please refer to instructions above.