3.2.14 Intellectual Property Rights

Comprehensive Standard 3.2.14: 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.

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee) adheres to the USF System regulations and policies regarding intellectual property, which apply to students, faculty, and staff.

Florida Statute 1004.23 authorizes the University to secure letters of patent, copyrights, and trademarks on any work products and to enforce its rights with respect to them, taking into consideration the contributions made by University personnel in that intellectual property development.

In accordance with this statute, the USF System adopted USF System Regulation 12.003 and USF System Policy 0-300 regarding inventions and works. The policy addresses issues of ownership of materials, compensation for intellectual property contribution, and the distribution of revenues derived from the property’s creation and production. The USF System also follows USF System Policy 0-105 that addresses copyright protection and infringement, such as in the classroom and on-line.

The USF/United Faculty of Florida Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 18, Inventions and Works, covers issues of patents, trademarks, and licensing,  which, in reference to the United States Copyright Act, are the property of the author, and the author therefore has the right to determine the disposition and any resulting revenue.

USF Research and Innovation in Tampa has USF System-wide responsibility for administration of issues and activities surrounding intellectual property developed using USF System resources. Within USF Research and Innovation, the Technology Transfer Office for Patents & Licensing website publishes the policies and regulations regarding copyrights, patents, and other intellectual property. The office also assists researchers in adhering to them.  The Technology Transfer website also makes Patents and Licensing Forms available for individuals who seek legal protection. To date, no USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty member has received a patent or license through research work here.


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