Intellectual Property Policy and Agreement FAQs

Read the June 3, 2019 memo from Vice President and Associate Provost for Research, Gloria Waters.

Intellectual Property Policy

Boston University’s Intellectual Property Policy, effective July 1, 2017, provides guidance for the management of intellectual property (IP) at BU, allowing members of the research community to make informed decisions about IP and technology transfer. Read the policy

Intellectual Property Agreement

In compliance with federal regulations, BU requires all faculty and all staff to read, understand, and agree to the terms of BU’s IP Policy. It also requires that any students involved in a BU research project do the same.

This new IP Agreement replaces previous patent policy forms, covers all forms of intellectual property, and applies to both the Charles River Campus and the BU Medical Campus. Note that has Boston Medical Center has a separate intellectual property policy. BU and BMC have an agreement that coordinates between these policies.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who needs to sign the agreement?

Do I really need to sign this? My job doesn't involve research!

Are students included in the required population that has to sign the IP Agreement?

Why do I have to complete the IP Agreement?

I've signed BU's IP Agreement in the past. Do I need to sign it again?

I've signed an IP policy for another institution with which I'm affiliated. Do I need to sign the agreement?

I’m faculty emeritus. Do I need to sign the agreement?


How do I sign?

I'm located at BMC. Why am I having issues logging in?

Is the policy available as a PDF?

What is the recommended browser?

Why am I getting an error when I try to view the policy in PolicyTech?


What is PolicyTech?

Is my data secure?

What if I don’t want to use PolicyTech to sign? Can I sign another way?


My office used to have new faculty/staff sign the IP Policy in paper form. Is that still necessary?


What intellectual property does BU own?

What intellectual property doesn't BU own?

What if I create intellectual property outside of the scope of my responsibilities at BU?

What about non-patentable intellectual property, like books, articles, and lectures?

I have more questions about intellectual property at Boston University. Where can I get answers?

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