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3.2.14

Governance and Administration: Intellectual property rights
The institution’s policies are clear concerning ownership of materials, compensation, copyright issues, and the use of revenue derived from the creation and production of all intellectual property. These policies apply to students, faculty, and staff.

Judgment
  Compliant      Non-Compliant      Not Applicable

Narrative

The Morehouse College Intellectual Property Policy clearly defines the ownership rights in copyrightable works of authorship and patentable inventions that are created by employees (whether faculty or staff) and students of the College. The policy specifies the conditions under which the College claims ownership of intellectual property and when ownership vests in the creator of the work or in others, as in the case of government sponsored or privately-funded research. In addition, it expressly addresses the rights of students, whether acting as a student or employee of the institution, and staff, when performing administrative functions.

The Intellectual Property (IP) Policy sets forth the responsibilities of the institution and employee with regard to the intellectual property rights owned by the institution, including the inventor’s rights, and institutional obligations to distribute the revenues derived from the commercialization and licensing of that intellectual property. As noted in Section 3.4.3.1 of the policy, “the creation, disclosure, protection, marketing and development of intellectual property owned by the College is a cooperative effort that involves close coordination among schools and departments, inventors and the technology transfer program. The policy for distributing proceeds from licensing revenues seeks to provide an appropriate balance of funding and incentives for all those participants.” (see page 8 of the IP Policy)

The policy is administered by the provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs or his designee, to ensure that it stays abreast of changing technologies.

 
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