Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property
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Copyrights   |   Patents   |   Research and Technology Transfer   |   Trademarks

The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and counsel regarding intellectual property and technology transfer to UT System and UT System institutions and is responsible for legal matters relating to:

  • Conflicts of interest management
  • Copyrights
  • Patents and inventorship determination
  • Research and technology transfer
  • Research-related agreements including: clinical trial agreements, sponsored research agreements, license agreements, material transfer agreements, inter-institutional agreements, confidentiality agreements and research grants
  • Scientific misconduct allegations
  • Training for UT technology transfer professionals and research contract negotiators
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Copyrights

The University of Texas System maintains its copyright policy at UTS107, "Use of Copyrighted Materials." If you are a member of a UT institution community (faculty, staff, or student), you can find frequently-used copyright agreements and forms on the page below. Because copyright law is fluid, evolving, and fact-specific, contact an attorney for assistance on particular issues. UT institution community members may contact the Office of General Counsel for guidance.

In addition, a review of the Copyright Crash Course, maintained by The University of Texas at Austin Libraries Scholarly Communications Advisor Georgia Harper, may be helpful.  The Course contains additional information and resources, such as:

Patents

The Office of General Counsel oversees the Board of Regent’s intellectual property created at a UT System institution and, with regard to patentable intellectual properties, works closely with outside patent counsel assisting with the assessment of patentability and the preparation, filing, prosecution, issuance, and maintenance of patents issued in the United States and abroad, which are held by the Board of Regents.  All original Letters Patent and Assignments held by the Board of Regents are housed and maintained in the Office of General Counsel.

When appropriate and necessary, the Office of General Counsel works closely with outside patent litigation counsel to initiate and resolve any infringement issues and preserve the intellectual property rights of the Board of Regents.

Research and Technology Transfer

The Office of General Counsel provides guidance to UT System institutions in negotiating and drafting various agreements related to research, technology transfer, and commercialization, and reviews such agreements to ensure they comply with the Regents' Rules and Regulations, Series 90000.

Information regarding the research, technology transactions, and commercialization offices for UT System institutions and UT System Administration can be found by clicking the appropriate office listed below:

Academic Institutions | Health Institutions | UT System

UT Arlington
     Office of Research | Office of Technology Management

UT Austin
     Offices of Research and Sponsored Projects | Office of Technology Commercialization

UT Brownsville
     Office of Research and Industry Collaborations | South Texas Technology Management

UT Dallas
     Office of Research | Office of Technology Commercialization

UT El Paso
     Office of Research and Sponsored Projects | Office of Technology Transfer

UT Pan American
     Office of Research and Sponsored Projects | Office of Technology Transfer

UT Permian Basin
     Office of Research and Grants Administration | Office of Technology Transfer

UT San Antonio
     Office of Commercialization and Innovation | Office of Research

UT Tyler
     Office of Sponsored Research | Office of Sponsored Research - Technology Management

UT Southwestern Medical Center
     Office of Research | Office for Technology Development

UT Medical Branch - Galveston
     Office of Research Services | Office of Technology Transfer

UT Health Science Center at Houston
     Office of Research | Office of Technology Management

UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
     Office of Sponsored Projects | South Texas Technology Management

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
     Office of Sponsored Programs | Office of Technology Commercialization

UT Health Science Center at Tyler
     Office of Research

UT System Administration
     Office of Technology Commercilization

 

Trademarks

A trademark or service mark may be a word, name, symbol, device, or any combination thereof that is used by its owner to identify or distinguish goods or services from those of others. Unlike patents and copyrights, interests in trademarks and service marks arise as a result of use of the mark in commerce to identify the source or origin of goods and services. In addition, trademark rights do not end after a specific period of time as do patent rights and copyrights. Instead, a trademark remains the property of the owner so long as the owner continues to use it properly as a trademark.

The unauthorized use of a UT trademark in conjunction with the product or service of an individual, group, or corporation may damage the University's reputation and suggest University endorsement where none exists. For this reason, UT System has taken action necessary to protect UT trademarks under applicable federal and state law, and has developed policies and procedures to license their use under limited circumstances. (See the UT System Trademark Policy).

Some UT System trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and with the State of Texas. Many UT System trademarks are also registered in foreign countries. Please see the Office of Trademark Licensing for a complete list of registered marks.

Inquiries regarding licensing of UT System trademarks may be directed to:

Trademark Licensing Director
Office of Trademark Licensing
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7399
Austin, Texas 78713
Phone: (512) 475-7923
Fax: (512) 232-7080
Website: http://www.utexas.edu/trademarks/index.html

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