Patent Policy

Any student involved in University-supported research is required to sign a Patent Policy Agreement with Boston University.  The Patent Policy Agreement for the Charles River Campus may be found on the Office of the Provost’s website.  The Patent Policy Agreement for the Medical Campus is available in the from the Human Resources website.  Responsibility for maintaining the signed Patent Policy Agreement is with the hiring department. 

Procedure:  Supervisors hiring students (hourly, piecemeal, or weekly-salaried) into Job Codes 55, 56, or 57 research positions must enter their department mail code in the Patent Mail Code field at the point of hire.  This field is located in Section 2 of the Student Employment New Hire/Rehire function on the Business Link.  By entering your department mail code, you are confirming that you have a signed Patent Policy Agreement and it is being housed within your department.  You will not be able to hire the student unless this field is completed.

What students need to complete a Patent Policy Agreement:  Patent Policy Agreements are required for students employed under the following mail code distributions:

CAS College of Arts and Sciences
CCS Center for Computational Science
ENG College of Engineering
HPC Health Policy Institute
MED School of Medicine
MET Metropolitan College
NMR Neuromuscular Research Center
PRCNN Center for Nanoscience
PRCTR Photonics Research Center
PROV5 Undergraduate Research Opportunities
SAR Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
SDM Goldman School of Dental Medicine
SPH School of Public Health
UHC University Honors College

Contact Student Payroll if you have any questions.