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17.02.01.Z1

Approved (June 15, 2005)
Supplements System Policy 17.01

1. GENERAL

1.1 The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center (HSC) supports the full and rapid dissemination of the creative and scholarly works of its faculty, staff, and students in order to provide timely benefits to the citizens of the State of Texas and the nation.

1.2 The process whereby the creative and scholarly works by HSC faculty and staff may be put to public use and/or commercial application (i.e., "technology transfer") must be effected within the framework of an individual's obligations to the HSC. Actions which serve personal interests to the detriment of HSC interests must be avoided.

1.3 Intellectual property typically results from the conduct of research projects. See HSC Rule 15.01.01.Z1.01 Research Administration, and System Regulation 15.01.01 Administration of Sponsored Research Agreements, section 11 Ownership of Program Results and Data.

2. INVENTIONS, PATENTS, LICENSING, AND COPYRIGHT POLICY

2.1 All HSC researchers have a responsibility to disclose in a timely manner any intellectual property that they believe may have commercial value. Disclosure shall be made through their department head, dean, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, to the System Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC). The OTC is the technology transfer agency of the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS).

Office of Responsibility

Office of Research and Graduate Studies