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Guide to the Ownership, Distribution and Commercial Development of M.I.T. Technology


PART 5. FACULTY, STUDENT, STAFF AND VISITOR OBLIGATIONS

5.0 GENERAL POLICY
5.1 PERSONNEL INVENTION AND COPYRIGHT AGREEMENTS

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5.0 GENERAL POLICY

It is the policy of M.I.T. that individuals through their employment by M.I.T. or by participating in a sponsored research project, or using M.I.T.-administered funds or facilities, thereby accept the principles of ownership of technology as stated under this policy.  In furthering such undertaking, all participants will sign Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreements in accordance with the following policy.


5.1 PERSONNEL INVENTION AND COPYRIGHT AGREEMENTS

5.1.1 WHO MUST SIGN
 

Individuals at M.I.T. who:

(a) receive support from sponsored research or M.I.T.-funded projects; or

(b) otherwise may be in a position to make, conceive or reduce to practice inventions or otherwise develop technology under sponsored research or M.I.T.-funded projects, whether or not salary or other support is received from such projects, or through the use of significant M.I.T.-administered funds or facilities, must sign the M.I.T. Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreement.  Note that this requirement specifically extends not only to M.I.T. personnel but also to visiting scientists and fellows or others.

 

  5.1.2 ADMINISTRATION OF IPIA’s
 

     Each M.I.T. Center and department, through its Administrative Officer,  is responsible for ensuring that Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreements are signed by all faculty, students, staff and visitors, who may be or are involved with sponsored projects or who may have opportunities to use significant M.I.T. funds or facilities administered by that Center or department. All Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreements should be signed in triplicate with one copy retained by the signatory, one copy retained in the Center/department files and one copy sent to the TLO.

     Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreement forms may be obtained from the TLO which will assist with any questions which arise in connection with such Agreements (see Forms 5 and 6 in Appendix A).

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