Patents, copyrights, trademarks and agreements are legal constructs (tools) used to establish how innovation is shared, and who should be identified with the work. These tools can be used to help direct your research output in a manner consistent with your goals.
A patent or trademark can facilitate the adoption and further development of an innovation, in keeping with IPS's mission to make University of Oregon research available for public benefit. Non-patented innovations, such as biological materials, know-how, or pre-publication information are forms of intellectual property (information assets) that can be managed through agreements and permissions such as Confidential Disclosure Agreements or Non-Disclosure Agreements (CDA/NDA), Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) or license agreements.
Due to the great diversity of projects on campus, each innovation or set of information assets requires its own analysis to determine the best management strategy. Planning is best done in the early stages of a project, but can be discussed at any time. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions regarding distribution and utilization of innovative work and how intellectual property and other tools might help it achieve a greater impact.
IPS staff members are also available on request to give presentations to groups on campus about IP management, patents, copyrights and trademarks.