Overview of Tulane Intellectual Property Management

The Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Development is responsible for Tulane's technology transfer program. It provides advice and service to Tulane faculty and staff regarding the management of intellectual property. Under the Tulane Intellectual Property Policy and Procedures document, all full or part-time faculty and staff, graduate students, residents, and fellows, and any other person who is aided by University facilities or staff or by funds administered through the University are required to disclose any patentable and/or copyrightable inventions to the University. As a condition of their employment or affiliation with Tulane, all such covered individuals must execute an Assignment of right, title and interest to any intellectual property to Tulane University. This policy is described in full in the Faculty Handbook.

Inasmuch as a number of the innovations created within the University arise from sponsored research funding, the Office of Technology Development will work with inventors to understand any provisions that may apply to such resulting inventions. In addition, to the extent that technology results from research funding provided by the United States government, the University is subject to requirements established under the Bayh-Dole Act (P.L. 96-517), Trademark Classification Act (P.L. 98-620), the Code of Federal Regulations 37 CFR Part 401, and Internal Revenue Service procedures. In addition, certain federal agencies may have additional guidelines to take into account when dealing with intellectual property conceived with research funding. For example, the National Institutes of Health published guidelines for research agreements on January 10, 1997. In December of 1999, NIH disseminated Principles and Guidelines for Recipients of NIH Research Grants and Contracts on Obtaining and Disseminating Biomedical Research Resources. Tulane has adopted intellectual property management policies for transferring technology that is conceived or reduced to practice under the federal guidelines.


Intellectual Property Rights Summary for Inventors

The following points are applicable to inventions developed in the course of Tulane research:

  • Inventions that are conceived or reduced to practice under Tulane research will be disclosed to the Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Development.
  • Upon analysis of the technology, Tulane may elect to protect the technology by patenting or copyrighting it. In the event Tulane elects not to manage and protect the technology, it may be placed in the public domain through publication or other means or assigned to the inventor under applicable terms and conditions.
  • Tulane will retain the right to practice the technology for research and educational purposes.
  • For inventions that arise from federal support, Tulane will comply with the provisions of the Bayh-Dole Act, including providing the government with a non-exclusive royalty free license to such inventions.
  • Tulane will share Net Proceeds from intellectual property with inventors according to the Tulane Intellectual Property Policy and Procedures. Tulane will retain a portion of the Net Proceeds in order to further the research and educational mission of Tulane.

Tulane Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Development, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-6962