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How to Claim Intellectual Property Rights
When UNI employees create a new, novel, and useful product, they should contact the Intellectual Property Officer for support in the intellectual property process. Timing of this disclosure is especially important. In order to obtain full intellectual property rights, the earliest communication is recommended. Disclosure to the IPC must be done before any type of public exposure, including publication or public presentation. Pre-patent public exposure can result in the loss of patent rights.
Detailed procedures to consider for claiming Intellectual Property rights are:
Patents & Trade Secrets
UNI programs, centers, departments, or individuals may file for copyrights without the assistance of the Intellectual Property Office at https://www.copyright.gov/
If you would like assistance, you may contact University Counsel. Information on copyrights from a creator's perspective and from a user's perspective may be found at: http://guides.lib.uni.edu/copyright
At UNI, faculty and staff have an obligation to disclose their research that might have IP potential. Graduate students whose research involves only secondary research resources do not have an obligation to disclose; however, graduate students whose research is primary, involves the creation of a product, process, algorithm, new terminology, etc. must contact the Intellectual Property Office to determine if they need to disclose.
Undergraduate students are not obligated to disclose; however, in order to receive guidance and technical assistance, disclosing may be recommended. Undergrads who disclose are eligible to receive help from the University. The full intellectual property policy is available here: https://policies.uni.edu/1003 Additionally, these policies may be important to you also: 9.03 Conflict of Interest https://policies.uni.edu/903, 9.54 Acceptable
Use of Information Technology Resources https://policies.uni.edu/954, 10.08 Distributed Learning, and IP Rights https://policies.uni.edu/1008. We encourage faculty, staff, and students to contact the IP office to discuss your potential intellectual property and if you need to officially disclose it to the University.
Reach out to our leaders directly:
Paul Kinghorn, Intellectual Property Officer and Director of Advance Iowa
Bill Harwood, Science and Technology Officer, and Head Chemistry & Biochemistry
Randy Pilkington, Research Foundation Chair and BCS Executive Director
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UNI Members of the Intellectual Property Committee
The IPC reviews disclosures from faculty, staff, and students to determine if UNI has any interest in pursuing protection for potential intellectual property.
- Paul Kinghorn, Intellectual Property Officer
- Randy Pilkington, Co-chair, UNI Research Foundation
- Bart Bergquist, Department of Biology
- Bill Harwood, Department of Chemistry, Science and Technology Officer
- Tolif Hunt, Research & Sponsored Programs
- Tim Kidd, Department of Physics
- Tim McKenna, University Council
- Hillery Oberle, Corporate & Foundation Relations
- Paul Torre, Department of Communication Studies
- Stacy Robinson, Advancement Financial Services
- Jennifer Waldron, Associate Provost
Institutional Information for Proposals Legal Applicant/Grantee/Contractor Name: University of Northern Iowa
Official Applicant/Grantee/Contractor Address:
The U.S. Office of Patent and Trademarks can be found at: https://www.uspto.gov/.
The U.S. Copyright Office is found at: https://www.copyright.gov/.
Another good website is the Association of University Technology Transfer Managers at: https://autm.net/.
The BCS Advance Iowa website is intended to be informational only. We do give any warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on this site or via its related links. This site is not intended to provide legal advice, and should not be relied upon as such. Legal advice for your particular needs should be obtained from a licensed attorney.
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