Intellectual Property Policy (IP Policy)
Source: OVPR Website
What is Essential
Individuals who perform research at Harvard and/or who may create intellectual property through the use of Harvard resources are subject to certain University policies and, in some cases, to the terms of agreements between Harvard and third parties (e.g., other institutions, organizations or companies). Such policies cover, for example, the ethical conduct of research, publication of research results, retention of research records and handling of intellectual property. Among these policies is the University’s “Statement of Policy in Regard to Intellectual Property” (or “IP Policy”), which governs patentable inventions, copyrightable works and tangible materials made through the use of funds, facilities or other resources provided by or through Harvard. Among other things, the policy defines which IP will be owned by Harvard and sets out the rights and obligations of Harvard researchers with respect to that IP (including, e.g., as regards the reporting of inventions, release of inventions by Harvard to inventors and the sharing of revenues derived from commercialization of Harvard-owned IP). Signed Participation Agreements and Visitor Participation Agreements are required to confirm compliance with the Univeristy’s IP policy and other research-related policies.
How to Comply
The Office of Technology Development (OTD) is responsible for implementing the IP Policy with respect to inventions, software and other materials that arise from Harvard research activities. The full IP Policy can be found on OTD’s website.
To access the Harvard University Participation Agreement for signature, please follow this link: https://gmas.harvard.edu/gmas/participationagreement.