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Online Invention Disclosure Process

Did you know that faculty, staff, and students who create intellectual property can submit an Invention Disclosure electronically through our intellectual property software Wellspring Sophia (Sophia)?

Sophia is a secure, web-based database. This system allows our office to have the entire patent file consisting of internal and external communications in one system.

Log in to Sophia using your SMU credentials to to submit your invention disclosure and view all patent applications and any related agreements that list you as an inventor. Once you complete the online disclosure, our office will send an email to verify receipt.

Not only is this the first step in granting access to the evaluation of your invention but you will also have access to subsequent patent protection and prosecution proceedings. If you have any questions or need additional information please email the Office of Research (OR) at

Refer to the video below for more detailed instructions. You may also download a PDF version of the instructions.