Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents from University Research
Through the course of research, service, and teaching at Utah State University, intellectual property is created in the form of inventions that may be patentable, copyrights, trademarks, and know-how. An invention is "the discovery or creation of a new material (either a new manufactured product or a new composition of matter), a new process, a new use for an existing material, or any improvements of any of these." Computer software is protectable by copyright and is also classified as an invention.
According to University policy, inventions, including computer software, developed by university employees are required to be disclosed to the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO). The TCO works to protect University-developed intellectual property through patents, trademarks, and copyrights in order to facilitate the moving of promising technologies into the marketplace where they can benefit society.
Click here to learn more about the TCO.
Click here to disclose an invention or computer program (Technology Notification Form).
Click here for the University Policy on Intellectual Property and Creative Works.