Intellectual Property

In researching our requirement to assign intellectual property to the University we have been gathering some documents and references for your consideration. Below are several documents and web resources for your review.

Transmittal letters

Provost's letter (October 24, 2014)

IP Rights Assignment option 1

IP Rights Assignment option 2

IP Rights Acknowledgement option 3

In addition, the provost has created a website ( that includes other background materials and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Original transmittal letter on Pitt's required Intellectual Property agreements (August 4, 2014)

University Policies

University policy regarding Patent Rights and Technology Transfer can be found in Policy 11-02-01

University policy related to Copyrights can be found in Policy 11-02-02

Background Materials

The Bayh-Dole Act allowed universities to pursue intellectual property benefits on federal research grants, here is a brief description of Bayh-Dole from OTM. A more extensive description is available via Bayh-Dole Act Wikipedia.

Related to Bayh-Dole was a Supreme Court ruling on Stanford vs Roche that lead to the kinds of intellectual property agreements we now make.

Here are two AAUP statements on Defending the Freedom to Innovate, June 2014 and Intellectual Property, June 2014.  

Here are two sample descriptions from other academic institutions: Harvard and CMU.

Here are the complete policy statements of NIH and NSF. More specific pointers include the IP policy statements of NSF and the Inventions and Patents policy of NIH.

Senate Materials

Correspondence between Senate President Michael Spring and Provost Patricia Beeson regarding Intellectual Property.

A thought piece on Intellectual Property issues by Senate President Spring