Mention the topic of invention reporting in a room of technology transfer professionals and watch the color drain from everyone's face. But why this pervading fear? There are several reasons: a lack of understanding of what invention reporting is; the daunting task of actually complying with IR requirements; the seeming complexity of the iEdison reporting system; and the ever-present threat of the consequences of not getting it right. Take a brief historical look at federally sponsored research (pre-Bayh-Dole), and hear how Bayh-Dole changed everything. Learn about the evolution of invention reporting from the days of paper to faxes to on-line submissions, and finally discuss the hows and whys of basic invention reporting via the iEdison portal.