The filing and prosecution of patent applications as well as maintaining issued patents are necessary for the University to protect the ownership of inventions and discoveries.
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The Trustees have delegated the authority and responsibility for patents and royalties to the Vice Provost for Research.
Any invention or discovery which results from work carried out by faculty, employees, students and guest scholars, including but not limited to the following, is University Property:
All inventions or discoveries falling under these guidelines must be disclosed to The Penn Center for Innovation at the University and accordingly are assigned to the University by policy and must be assigned to the University in writing by the inventor, in accordance with federal law and prior to the commencement of any research. The “Patent and Tangible Research Policies and Procedures of the University of Pennsylvania” governs the intellectual property created by faculty, employees, students and guest scholars of the University.