Use Inventor Portal to Disclose your Inventions
What is the Inventor Portal?
The PCI Inventor Portal is an added client service feature of PCI that provides increasingly streamlined online invention disclosure capability, as well as expanded transparency and relevant data access to faculty inventors for their technology portfolios.
Who can use Inventor Portal?
Faculty, staff and students can now use the Inventor Portal to submit disclosures and track the status of their inventions within PCI in real-time.
What can I do on the Inventor Portal?
Portal users will have 24/7 access to a secure website to do the following:
- Create, edit and submit invention disclosures online;
- Check the status of submitted invention disclosures; and
- Check the status of all patent applications on which they are listed as an inventor.
Download an Info Sheet with more details – PCI Inventor Portal Info Sheet
…or use the traditional form
Completing an invention disclosure form is the first step for engaging with PCI in the commercialization process. Penn policy requires faculty and staff to formally notify PCI of any discoveries, inventions, or materials that have been made while employed at Penn. To submit an invention disclosure, simply complete the form and submit as outlined below.
UPenn Invention Disclosure Form_Updated (Oct. 2018)
Complete Invention Disclosure Form:
Fill out the disclosure form above. This form ensures that PCI receives all the required and relevant information in order to evaluate disclosures for intellectual property protection and commercial potential. Be sure to include any relevant supporting documents (i.e. the description from section 3 of the form, any draft or published manuscripts, slide decks, etc.) with the disclosure.
Submit Invention Disclosure Form:
Submit via the Inventor Portal: Submit through the Inventor Portal using the “Invention Disclosure Short Form” and uploading the completed form under the “Documents” section.
Print, Sign, and Send: Print the completed form, obtain the appropriate Penn signatures, and send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send the signed original disclosure form via inter-office mail in a sealed envelope marked CONFIDENTIAL to PCI, ATTN Assistant Director IP. For your convenience you can also request a pick-up via our courier service.
Once electronically submitted you will receive an automatic confirmation acknowledging receipt by email. After the disclosure has been reviewed and assigned to a Technology Licensing Officer (TLO), you will receive a second email providing the TLO name and PCI docket number assigned to your invention.
On July 1, 2010, the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Patent and Tangible Research Property Policies and Procedures was updated.
As a result of the changes to the Patent Policy, all Penn employees, faculty and staff are being asked to review the policy and sign the new Participation Agreement. The executed Participation Agreement should be sent to the Assistant Director Intellectual Property, Penn Center for Innovation, 3160 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Mail Code 6283).