Rensselaer's Intellectual Property Policy applies to faculty, students,
staff and others participating in Rensselaer programs and identifies individual
as well as Institutional rights and responsibilities.
- Individual rights: inventors own their ideas as long as they
are not subject to terms of agreement with research sponsors or others
and do not involve significant use of Rensselaer-administered resources.
Inventions meeting these criteria are encouraged to be protected by the
inventor at the inventors expense. Inventors of Institution owned patents
have a right to a percentage of the royalties generated.
- Individual responsibilities: all members of the Rensselaer community
must avoid patent infringement and are individually liable for infringement
of inventor owned ideas. A competent "infringement search" is
a necessary step in this avoidance and may be done by a patent agent. Inventors
involved in Institution owned patents are required to disclose their ideas
using the Invention Disclosure Record.
- Institutional rights: Rensselaer acquires ownership or other
rights in inventions if the invention is subject to the terms of sponsored
research or other agreements or if the invention involves the "significant
use" of Rensselaer-administered resources. Criteria for ownership
are outlined in the Intellectual Property Policy. Royalty from successful
commercialization is shared with the inventors and their centers or departments.
- Institutional responsibility: Rensselaer maintains an Office
of Technology Commercialization to help citizens with potential patents
and the commercialization of those patents. This Office provides a number
of Technology Commercialization Services to the inventor, including technology
evaluation and support for the patent application process.
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