The University's policy on intellectual property pertains to inventions and copyrightable works created by its faculty members, staff members, postdoctoral appointees, students, and visiting scientists/scholars. Because there are differences between the legal and academic treatment of copyrightable works and inventions, the University provides two companion policy statements: an Inventions Policy and a Copyright Policy.
As used in this policy:
- "Visiting scientists/scholars" means persons who are not University employees, appointees, or students, but who may nevertheless visit the University to engage in research, scientific, scholarly, or related activities;
- "Unit" means a department, center, institute, or other similar administrative unit.