2005 - Patents and Royalties

Document purpose

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.


December 1986


April 2017


March 2020

Responsible Office




The Policy

  1. The Trustees have delegated the authority and responsibility for patents and royalties to the Vice Provost for Research.

  2. 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:

    • On University time;
    • At University expense;
    • On University property, whether owned, controlled, rented or leased by the University;
    • By special grant;
    • Supported by research funding at the University, regardless of the source; or
    • Otherwise.

    All inventions or discoveries falling under these guidelines must be disclosed to The Penn Center for Innovation at the University and accordingly must be assigned to the University. 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.