Intellectual Property

Patents

The University's patent policies cover inventions and discoveries made by University of Iowa employees in the course of their work at the University.  Inventions and discoveries made as part of sponsored research generally fall under these policies.  The University of Iowa acknowledges a sponsor's prior proprietary standing in determining the applicability of its policies and acknowledges that in some cases both the sponsor and the institution may make intellectual contributions to an invention or discovery.

The purpose of The University of Iowa's patent program is to facilitate dissemination of scientific research findings for the public welfare. The University believes this goal can best be assured by University ownership of inventions, coupled with appropriate licensing arrangements.

Copyrights

Consistent with academic tradition and the expressed desire to encourage dissemination of the results of scholarship and research, in most cases, individual creators of copyrightable works of scholarship, research, or pedagogy, as well as creators of original works of art and literature, typically will hold personal copyright ownership of those works.  Under University policy a limited body of works will be owned by the University.  The sponsored research agreement will address appropriate copyright ownership and licensing terms based on the nature of the work.

Licensing

The University of Iowa Research Foundation manages The University of Iowa's intellectual property portfolio and will negotiate such rights as may be mutually agreed upon.  The University recognizes that the license rights and negotiated royalty rates must be granted upon reasonable terms and conditions giving consideration to the nature of the invention or copyrightable work and the standards of the industry.

The University of Iowa also offers a sponsored research option that will provide industry research sponsors pre-negotiated exclusive licenses to innovations resulting from their partnerships with University researchers.  The University believes this is a great opportunity for the University, investigators, and sponsors.  The option is intended to increase the rate of technology transfer to the private sector by streamlining negotiations and defining future financial obligations.

For a complete description of the terms and criteria applicable to our IP/Licensing options, which include the University of Iowa principal investigator’s desire to pursue the option, please see our IP guide.