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Disclosure Process

The disclosure process includes the following steps:

  1. Submit your disclosure
    In most cases this includes completing the Invention Disclosure Form. If you are disclosing source code, use the Software Disclosure Form; if you are disclosing literary or artistic works, use the Copyright Disclosure Form.
  2. INVO will evaluate the invention
    Our team will consider a number of factors to determine if a patent will be pursued. Learn about these considerations, as well as the three possible results of our evaluation. 
  3. INVO may file a provisional patent application
    INVO will decide whether to file a provisional patent application within 30 days of the disclosure.
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