A Primer on Intellectual Property in Research Agreements

Updated for the Uniform Guidance.

This Intellectual Property tutorial is designed for university personnel working in contracts and grants, sponsored research and technology transfer offices. It provides a broad introduction to the basics of intellectual property. It includes practical exercises using Intellectual Property clauses from actual research and licensing agreements and also offers suggestions for dealing with commonly encountered issues of negotiating agreements with federal, state, non-profit and clinical trial sponsors.

The tutorial will offer interactive learning activities as well as knowledge reviews for each lesson. The course will end with a multiple-choice final exam, and offers a downloadable certificate of completion for those who successfully pass the final exam (80% or higher). If you do not successfully pass the final, you have the option to retake the exam during your 10 week enrollment period. 

Start your tutorial at any time!  You will have 10 weeks from the first date that you access the tutorial to complete the course.

Students should expect to spend approximately 1-2 hours per lesson on the course material.  There are 15 lessons in this tutorial. 

All lessons will be accessible throughout the course. If you would like to print off the lesson text as a PDF please visit the Resources section within each lesson. Please note: This course does not have an audio component. The tutorial is based on a training course originally developed by the University of California.

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Lesson 1: Introduction and Course Objectives

Lesson 2: Introduction to Intellectual Property in Research Agreements

Lesson 3: University Technology Transfer

Lesson 4: Negotiating Research Agreements

Lesson 5: Invention Clauses

Lesson 6: Copyright Clauses

Lesson 7: Data Right Clauses

Lesson 8: Partners, Providers and Sponsors

Lesson 9: Course Review Exercises/Additional Resources

Intellectual Property is worth 13.5 clock hours and 1.35 CEU's. You will be able to print your certificate from this page after passing the final exam with a score of 80% or higher.

Includes one CEU certificate per registration. Group CEU requests are not available.