Step 5: Report inventions

  • Conceived or first actually reduced to practice

  • Report to awarding agency within 2 months of disclosure by inventor*

  • Notify agency of planned actions

  • Best to still keep details of invention confidential

  • Some actions can bar some non-U.S. patents

    Public use
    Offer to sell (even a prototype)
    Oral disclosure

  • Can now offer to license