3.23 University Patent Agreement and Copyright Procedures

A. Requirement to Sign Patent Agreement
B. Nature of Patent Agreement

A. Requirement to Sign Patent Agreement

All students must approve the Patent Agreement via Student Self-Service in the MyPack portal by the end of their first semester of enrollment. master's students must have an approved Patent Agreement on file in the Graduate School before they will have either their Request to Schedule the Master's Oral Examination or Request for Option B Graduation Checkout approved. Doctoral students must sign a statement agreeing to abide by the University's patent policies before their Plan of Graduate Work will be approved.

B. Nature of Patent Agreement

NC State is dedicated not only to teaching and research but to extending the knowledge its students, faculty and staff create to the public.

It is the policy of NC State to carry out its scholarly work in an open and free atmosphere and to publish results obtained therefrom freely, limited only by a short time delay in cases in which this is necessary to establish patent rights. Although NC State does not undertake research or developmental work principally for the purpose of developing patents and commercial applications thereof, patentable inventions sometimes arise out of the research activities of its employees which are carried out wholly or in part with university facilities. As a public service institution, NC State has an interest in assuring the utilization of such inventions for the public good. Protection must be provided to at least some of these inventions through patents and licenses to encourage their development and marketing. Patents and their exploitation, however, represent only a small part of the benefits accruing from either publicly or privately sponsored research.

A portion of the research conducted by NC State is supported by government and a portion by private industry. Service to the public, including private industry, is an integral part of NC State's mission. As a public institution, the university, in its agreements with private industry or other private organizations, must keep the interests of the general public in view. The rights and privileges set forth in cooperative agreements or contracts, with respect to patents developed as a result of research partly or wholly financed by private parties, must be fair and just to the inventor(s), the sponsor and the public. Research should be undertaken by the University under support from private parties only if it is consistent with and complementary to the University's goals and responsibilities to the public.

Copies of the Patent and Copyright Procedures of NC State are available in department offices and in the Graduate School. Also see the NC State policy on copyright regulation.