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Guide to the Ownership, Distribution and Commercial Development of MIT Technology

Print out a PDF version of the guide and its appendix [PDF]

For MIT Conflict of Interest policy see Section 4.4 of MIT Policies and Procedures


TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART 1: INTRODUCTION
1.0 Intellectual Property and Related Rights
1.1 Patents and Patent Rights
1.2 Copyrights
1.3 Trade and Service Marks
1.4 Mask Works
1.5 Tangible Research Property
1.6 Trade Secret

PART 2: MIT POLICY STATEMENTS
2.0 General Policy Statement
2.1 Patent and Copyrights Policy Statement
2.2 Trade and Service Marks
2.3 Software Acquisition

PART 3: TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION, PROTECTION AND DISSEMINATION
3.0 Responsibility
3.1 Disclosure
3.2 Patents: Protection
3.3 Copyrights: Asserting and Registering
3.4 Trade and Service Marks: Asserting and Registering
3.5 Mask Works: Asserting and Registering
3.6 Tangible Research Property

PART 4: COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT
4.0 Introduction
4.1 Commercialization - General
4.2 Patents
4.3 Copyrights
4.4 Trade and Service Marks
4.5 Mask Works
4.6 Tangible Research Property
4.7 Royalty Distribution - General
4.8 Royalties - Special Cases
4.9 Commitee on Copyrights and Patents
4.10 Conflict of Interest - Licensing Office Staff

PART 5. FACULTY, STUDENT, STAFF AND VISITOR OBLIGATIONS
5.0 General Policy
5.1 Personnel Invention and Copyright Agreements

PART 6. ADMINISTRATION
6.1 Vice President for Research
6.2 Office of Sponsored Programs
6.3 Technology Licensing Office

APPENDIX A - FORMS AND AGREEMENTS
1. Letter of Determination Regarding Significant Use/Waiver of MIT Ownership Rights [PDF]
2. Technology Disclosure Form*
3. Materials Transfer Agreement [PDF]
4. Conflict Avoidance Statement [PDF]
5. Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreement [PDF]

 

* All MIT inventors must print out and sign the completed form.  Please forward the printed form to our office to complete the submission process. Electronic submissions will not be accepted by the TLO office.