Student Intellectual Property Agreements

Set forth below are rights and responsibilities regarding Intellectual Property created as a student at the (insert PASSHE university name) University of Pennsylvania.

General Rule: Any Intellectual Property (such as undergraduate theses, graduate theses and dissertations, inventions, discoveries, creations and new technologies) conceived or first reduced to practice by a student at the (insert PASSHE university name) University of Pennsylvania (“University”) as a work product (including homework assignments, laboratory experiments, special and independent study projects) of a “for-credit” course will be owned by the student, with three exceptions. These exceptions are:

Note:  For the technology transfer procedures associated with each of the following scenarios, see Student Technology Transfer Procedures.

·         Faculty Collaboration – When the student collaborates with faculty or staff beyond the standard to create works as part of research or development activities, including non-credit, unpaid work.

·         Material Support – When the student receives staff, salary, facility, or material support beyond the standard level provided by the University to students, including non-credit work.

·         Special Situations – In certain courses or special projects when students are presented with the opportunity to participate in projects or activities in which the ownership of any resulting Intellectual Property must be assigned either to the University or to a sponsoring entity as a condition of the student's participation. See Special Situation Exception Options, Retention and Assignment of Rights in Special Situations, and Acknowledgement by Sponsor for more information.

In the above exceptions, the University will own the Intellectual Property. In these situations, faculty advisors supervising students are responsible for ensuring that students file the Student Intellectual Property University Agreement. It should be signed at the first meeting of the project or course or as soon as the need becomes apparent.

The student owns intellectual Property conceived or first reduced to practice in graduate research or graduate thesis preparation, unless it falls under these exceptions.