Intellectual Property refers to property rights in ideas that are protected through federal and state laws governing patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. Know-how is sometimes also included in intellectual property licenses, and covers ideas and information that is not protected by patent, copyright or trade secret.
The value of IP is not only in the original idea, but in how that idea is protected through copyright, patent or trademark rights. To appropriately and diligently protect IP created at the UW, we use a management strategy that provides our licensees with the freedom they need to meet their strategic business needs, while giving the UW enough control to ensure the IP is as robust and broad as possible throughout the entire life cycle of the innovation.
At CoMotion, our IP staff includes patent portfolio managers and patent paralegals. Our patent portfolio managers have expertise in IP protection spanning sciences and engineering fields and are aligned with innovation stakeholders in creating, maximizing, and sustaining maximum commercial value from IP assets. Our experience in managing IP with outside law firms helps us establish a strategy to maximize—and protect—the commercial value of IP. We can assist with the following forms of IP protection, and tailor them to your unique circumstances:
A patent holder has the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, and importing an innovation for a period of time. Patents do not convey a right to sell, manufacture or use the innovation.
Copyrights protect not only books and journal publications, but also software, artwork, photography, music, and website content. The UW Copyright Connection provides resources on copyright law, policies, and guidelines.
These let you protect the goodwill of a distinctive name, word, or phrase or logo or other image that identifies or certifies a product or service in the marketplace.
These allow proprietary information to be shared outside the University for collaborative, licensing, and other purposes.
These allow transfer of research materials with other academic or corporate researchers.
As soon as you create a work in a tangible medium, such as a computer file, you have copyright in that work. Copyright protection gives the owner or licensee the right to control how other entities display, perform, distribute, copy, or create derivatives of the work.
80% of the proceeds from a license are shared equally among the inventors (for patent rights) and authors (for copyrights) of the technology (26.67%), their departments and schools (26.67%), and the Provost (26.67%). The Provost, schools, and departments invest in research programs. The remaining 20% goes to fund CoMotion’s patent budget and the commercialization services that provide world-class assistance to UW researchers.
Students own their works developed in lecture-based courses or outside of any direct support from UW. If a student is an employee of the UW, including a graduate student doing funded research, then works created through the student’s employment are subject to the UW IP policy (EO 36). If a student participates in a research lab or in sponsored research, the student’s contributions to IP will be handled consistently with that research portfolio.