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IP Policies and Guidelines: Simple Patent Chart

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The following is a simplification of PSU's patent ownership and disclosure guidelines. Please see the full guidelines (link to patent page) for more detailed and thorough descriptions.

At PSU, employees are required to disclose any inventions they may make. For all inventions made with sponsor awarded funds or funds administered through PSU, and for all inventions that are work related, inventors are required to assign (and in some cases already have assigned ) their ownership of the invention to PSU. PSU may sometimes waive ownership of these inventions back to the funding agency or the inventor. For inventions where no funds were used, and which are not work related, PSU can affirm that it will not assert ownership.

The following flowchart summarizes the guidelines.