What about situations where the original idea for a student thesis or dissertation comes from the faculty?
Situations can arise where a faculty and a student are co-authors or co-inventors. In a case of co-inventorship, the faculty member and student will each be guided individually by the set of guidelines that apply to them. It’s conceivable that the student will be required to assign his/her share of ownership rights, but the faculty may be allowed to retain their share of ownership. It is difficult to commercialize such an invention, so the University will explore options to simplify the matter. The University will have the option to return the student’s rights to the student, thus allowing the faculty and student to move forward privately, without University support for patent costs. Another option is for the faculty to agree to voluntarily assign ownership to the University so that the University may submit the invention disclosure to the Technology Transfer Office for evaluation.