Patents, Licensing, and Copyrights

1.12 Patents, Licensing, and Copyrights

The Office of Technology Development (OTD) provides oversight for patenting and licensing activities between faculty and industry. The University takes title to all patents and certain copyrighted material that result from the research activities of faculty, staff, and students. When the University gives up the right to pursue patent application, the PI/PD may still do so. If a patent is issued to the PI/PD, BU has no rights to it.

Faculty are required at the time of hire to sign a Patent Policy Acknowledgment & Agreement form. An Invention Disclosure form is required when the individual has an invention.

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Charles River Campus (CRC):

Medical Campus:

The patent policy revision currently underway will align the policies and procedures on the two campuses.