The goal of preparing and distributing these guidelines is fourfold:

·         Assist University personnel in the commercialization of their products.

·         Make inventions and creations resulting from the efforts of University personnel available to industry and the public on an effective and nondiscriminatory basis.

·         Obtain revenue for University personnel, who invent and create, and for the PASSHE Universities for use in furthering their educational and research goals.

·         Define the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved in development of Technology Transfer and Commercialization at PASSHE Universities.

This document provides guidance for compliance with federal patent requirements that are incorporated into all federal research grant agreements and contracts. University procedures regarding patent management and technology transfer must be consistent with federal law and policy as set forth in the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, P.L. 96-517, as amended by P.L.98-620, implemented by regulations published at 37 CFR Part 401.

While the purpose of this document is to provide procedures to manage patentable inventions, a note on copyrights is necessary to distinguish between the two. For more information, including details on the exceptions to creator ownership, see Copyright Practice and Procedures.

The management of patent and copyright processes in a university setting is a complex, highly specialized endeavor. As the need for clarification regarding policies and procedures arises, University personnel are urged to contact their University Authorized Official and their delegates or designees.

PASSHE only recently initiated a program to enhance its stewardship of its patent and related copyright activities; therefore, the policies and procedures cited herein are subject to ongoing review and possible future modification.