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


June 2021


April 2024

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
    • As otherwise provided in the patent policy.

    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.