Forms aid you in strategic planning and implementation of a research project with respect to potential relationships and opportunities within the UO related to intellectual property.

Identifier Guidelines

Many projects or organizations at the University of Oregon have identifiers such as logos, trademarks, or unique names related to their activities. This template will help you to create guidelines so that your identifier is used properly in support of your project's goals.

We are happy to work with you to strategize on when or whether to file for a federally registered U.S. trademark, service mark, or certification mark. Often it is not necessary to file for a federal mark initially but better to rely on United States common law rights-identifiers often change early in a project and you may not immediately know which identifiers are central to the public's identification with your work.


Project Rules

The purpose of the Project (or Team) Rules is to establish an understanding among participants of a research project or contributors to a creative work regarding the obligations and expectations of each participant. This form may be particularly helpful in the case of a multi-lab collaboration or industry partnership when there are many participants or the research project has a longer time-line.

Establishing a system for bringing work into the project and distributing the project's outputs can save you a tremendous amount of time and avoid potential misunderstandings along the way. Project Rules may also be prepared for incorporation into your grants that require IP Plans or additional information on how you intend to distribute the results of your research.

We work with the PI or Supervisor of each project to customize the Project Rules and discuss them with all of the participants so that everyone understands their value in the context of the planned or ongoing project.


Inventory Document

The Inventory worksheet helps you identify information assets created in a University of Oregon research project, such as software, chemical or biological materials, instructional materials, images or multimedia documents, designs, methods, logos, etc.

It's easy to forget how many interesting information assets and research artifacts can be created in a project. Whether used as a checklist or to brainstorm ideas for distributing your work or attracting investment for commercialization, an Inventory is a useful tool for tracking down obligations and identifying opportunities.


Invention, Software, and Copyright Registration The forms provided here are designed to be used internally, between a University of Oregon researcher or author and Innovation Partnership Services, to describe innovations and creative work that result from research and scholarship. The forms serve to document the identity of the creators as well as to collect information regarding the type of innovation created. There are many reasons to disclose an innovation. Often, research sponsors require notification of inventions. Disclosures are also the starting point for preparing patent searches and patent applications, as well as for trademark or copyright registration. IPS uses four different forms, each tailored to a different type of intellectual property: (general inventions, ideas and chemical or biological materials) (content, websites, audio and video) Software Report New Research Tool Registration