Intellectual Property & Copyright
- Under the By-Laws of the University of Connecticut, the University “shall be entitled to own, or to participate in the ownership of, any invention” under certain conditions outlined in the By-Laws. The By-Laws also outline the management of intellectual property, including filing and prosecuting patent applications and obtaining patents of discoveries and inventions.
Code of Conduct – Intellectual Property
- Research materials, inventions or devices developed through the use of University resources are the property of the University. Rights to such property may be transferred to other parties (such as commercial sponsors) only with express written authorization. Materials subject to copyright are generally not the property of the University.
- Research data are considered the property of the principal investigator or the joint property of collaborating individuals when research data are generated by a principal investigator working in collaboration with one or more faculty colleagues. Research data generated by postdoctoral fellows, graduate
students, research trainees or others who have had significant intellectual input, shall be considered the joint property of the collaborating individuals.
- The Center for Science and Technology Commercialization (CSTC) protects faculty inventions, licenses them and distributes revenue following University policy allowing for faculty to share in compensation earned from their inventive activity.
- LINK: Code of Conduct
- LINK: Economic Development
Copyright & Plagiarism
- The University Code of Conduct section regarding scholarly integrity states that members of the University faculty and staff:
- do not tolerate plagiarism, falsification, or fabrication of research data, or other scientific misconduct.
- A website regarding rights and responsibilities regarding copyright is maintained by the University Libraries.
- LINK: Copyright (University Libraries)
Assignment of Textbooks and Other Intellectual Property
- In a course taught by a faculty member, the assignment of a required textbook s/he authored or of intellectual property s/he prepared may be interpreted as “obtaining financial gain for himself/herself” unless the faculty member receives prior approval for such use or directs any financial gain to a University of Connecticut student scholarship fund within thirty (30) days of receipt. If the professor directs any financial gain to a University of Connecticut student scholarship fund, no review is needed.
- This policy is in accordance with that section of the Connecticut General Statutes regarding financial gain:
- No public official or state employee shall use his/her public office or position or confidential information received through his holding such public office or position to obtain financial gain for himself/herself, his/her spouse, child, child’s spouse, parent, brother or sister or a business with which he/she is associated. [Connecticut General Statutes Section 1-84(c) of the Code of Ethics for Public Officials.]
- LINK: Policy – Assignment of Textbooks and Other Intellectual Property