The University Patent Policy is broadly applicable to students as well as to faculty and staff. Like faculty and staff, students’ creativity is enhanced by their exposure to the resources (both physical and intellectual) of the University. The University’s contribution to that creativity is reflected in the Patent Policy, which provides that inventions will be owned by the University rather than by the individual inventor.
An invention made by a student will be deemed made under University auspices and therefore the property of the University pursuant to the Patent Policy if:
- Undergraduates. It is made by an undergraduate student (a) in connection with work in a course in which the student is enrolled or which the student is auditing, or (b) in connection with faculty-supervised independent work, or (c) in the course of the student’s employment.
- Graduate and Professional Students. It is made by a graduate or professional student (a) in a course in which the student is enrolled or which the student is auditing, or (b) in connection with faculty-supervised independent work (including without limitation dissertation research), (c) in the course of the student’s employment, or (d) in the course of work, whether or not independent or supervised, in the student’s principal field of study (as determined by the Committee on Cooperative Research, Patents and Licensing).
Royalties from the University’s licensing of any invention made by a student, other than in the course of the student’s employment, will be shared with the student on the same bases that royalties are shared with faculty inventors of comparable inventions.
Any student who makes an invention that may be owned by the University under the Patent Policy must disclose the invention to the Office of Cooperative Research.