Jun 20, 2024  

Human Resources

Intellectual Property
06:79:00 Intellectual Property


  1. It is the policy of the College to: (1) Encourage inventions, discoveries, and the production of copyrightable materials by members of the academic community; (2) facilitate the utilization of such discoveries and materials to the benefit of the public, the College, and members of the College community; and (3) provide for the equitable sharing of any proceeds derived from the commercial exploitation of inventions, discoveries, and copyrightable materials in which the College has an interest.
  2. The basic factors to be considered in establishing the responsibility for the utilization of any invention, discovery, or copyrightable materials and sharing of the proceeds are as follows:
    1. The College’s sponsorship of the project leading to the discovery or development of materials.
    2. Significant use of the College’s facilities, services, or equipment (excluding libraries) in the discovery or production process.
    3. The sponsorship of the project through the College by agencies or persons outside the College.
  3. In the event that any one of these factors exists, the College shall have an interest in the invention, discovery, or copyrightable materials.
  4. Title to all inventions, discoveries, or copyrightable materials developed solely through individual initiative or personal time, and not involving assignment or the significant use of institutional facilities or services (libraries excluded), shall be vested in the employee producing the patentable or copyrightable materials. Significant use of institutional facilities, services, or equipment shall be defined to include a cost to the institution in the amount of more than $2,500.00 (in constant 2001 dollars).

For additional information regarding intellectual property, refer to Tennessee Board of Regents Policy No. 5:01:06:00

Approved: Executive Staff, 05/20/09
Approved: President’s Cabinet, 05/20/09
Approved: President, 05/20/09
Reviewed and Revised: Human Resources, November, 2008, February 2010