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Intellectual Property Policies and Guidelines

The intellectual property policies of all Oregon University System schools are subject to two documents: Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 580-43 and OUS Internal Management Directive (IMD) 6.2.  Innovation & Intellectual Property is the designated office at PSU responsible for interpreting and administering the policies and procedures in OAR 580-43 and IMD 6.2.

Within this guide to the policies and procedures, each page will begin with a simple explanation or main points of the guide in italics, followed by more detailed explanations of how the policies are administered and interpreted by the office of Innovation & Intellectual Property. We’ll refer to and quote from the OAR and IMD throughout.

We are most often asked questions concerning the ownership and disclosure requirements of inventions and copyright works made by PSU employees.  As a quick start to this guide, please see our simplified charts concerning ownership and disclosure of patents and copyright works.