3.2.6 Patent Policy

The University has a policy, "Inventions, Discoveries and Patents," (Policy 6-6) that clearly states the rights and obligations of individuals, the University, and outside parties who may have contributed toward an invention. Every member of the University faculty and professional staff is required to understand and comply with this policy.

Every potential invention or patentable discovery made by an employee of the University must be reported to the Vice Provost for Research who will arrange to evaluate the potential invention or discovery under the terms of the policy. Faculty members are responsible for insuring that students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, and technicians working under their direction comply with the terms of the policy. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research provides advice and guidance on all patent matters.