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IP Policies and Guidelines: IIP Responsibilities

IIP is responsible for administering the intellectual property policies and guidelines and for systematically trying to bring university-owned inventions and copyright materials to the public while encouraging the development and creation of new knowledge and materials within PSU.

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, and for signing all agreements regarding intellectual property arising from research or educational and professional materials.  In addition to applying the policies and procedures, the OAR and IMD explicitly lay out certain objectives and responsibilities for our office.

We consider our mission and the ways we fulfill our mission to encompass all of these responsibilities, and we strive to provide value to the university, to faculty, and to innovations that exceeds the responsibilities listed in the OAR and IMD.

In summary, the OAR and IMD state that IIP is responsible for systematically trying to bring university-owned inventions and copyrighted materials to the public while encouraging the development and creation of new knowledge and materials within PSU, and protecting academic freedom at the same time.  This systematic effort includes actively seeking new inventions or copyrighted works with impact and real-world application, counseling inventors and authors about their inventions and copyrighted materials, ensuring compliance with existing agreements that relate to intellectual property, and reviewing and executing all intellectual property agreements and many other types of agreements that relate to our ability to bring inventions and materials to public benefit.

In particular;

OAR 580-43-0007 states that it is the policy of the Board of Higher Education to provide systematic means of bringing inventions, technological improvements, and educational materials to the public; encourage the development of new knowledge while protecting traditional academic freedom in the publication of materials and development of inventions and technological improvements; and to establish principles and procedures for the sharing of any royalty income with employees (and sponsoring agencies, where relevant).

OAR 580-43-0016 states that each institution shall apply the Board’s policies and procedures; encourage employee activities which lead to new knowledge; actively seek applications for new knowledge developed by employees; and anticipate and comply with conditions in contracts, grants, and agreements with sponsoring agencies.  It also states that institutions recommend contractual arrangements, patent applications, and royalty sharing to the Chancellor’s office, but in practice these activities have been expected of the individual institutions for a decade or more.

For the purposes of reading and interpreting IMD 6.2, Innovation & Intellectual Property is the university office designated and authorized to act for PSU.

IMD 6.235 authorizes IIP to obtain licensing, production, and publishing agreements, obtain patents, and develop and approve forms used in administering licensing and patent policies, and execute all types of agreements, waivers, releases, and royalty distribution agreements.

IMD 6.235 authorizes IIP to review and include in agreements with sponsoring agencies provisions regarding ownership and disposition of rights in inventions and materials.

IMD 6.235 also makes IIP responsible for informing employees regarding policies and procedures related to licensing, patents, educational and professional materials development, and copyright policies and procedures.

IMD 6.235 also enumerates the following duties for IIP:

  • to protect confidentiality of the inventor's or author's disclosure,
  • to provide counsel to the inventor or author, examine the invention or material disclosure, and appraise the equities of all concerned parties,
  • to provide counsel to the inventor or author concerning policies and procedures applicable to the invention or material and with policies of sponsoring agencies, if any, and to assist with compliance,
  • to recommend options for maximizing public, OUS, institution, and inventor or author benefits when seeking licenses, patents, and publishing agreements, and
  • to recommend appropriate action pertaining to the invention or material within 60 days after its disclosure.