What is Intellectual Property?

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 intellectual property (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.

Types of Protection for Intellectual Property

At CoMotion, our Intellectual Property (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: Please view the Types of Protection for Intellectual Property Page or the links below for detail.

Quick facts about intellectual property

Quick facts about patents

Quick facts about copyrights

Quick facts about trademarks

UW Copyright Connection

Trademarks, Service Marks, and Certification Marks

Trade Secrets, Non-Disclosure Agreements, etc.

Material Transfer Agreements

Licensing Products

We distribute UW technologies under a wide variety of licensing models.  For each innovation, the team will select the type of distribution that fits the current plan.  The most common types of licenses and related agreements are below. Please click a licensing type or visit the Licensing Products page for detail.

Express Digital Content licenses

Exclusive and Non-exclusive licenses

Open Source Software licenses

Open Access

End user agreements

Academic use agreements

Option agreements and evaluation licenses

Confidentiality agreements

WIAP Pre-Packaged IP Program

Patents & Software

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. Please view the Patents, Copyrights, and Your Software Innovation page for more detail.

Quick Facts About Patents

You can possibly obtain a U.S. patent if your invention is:

  • new and useful
  • non-obvious
  • a process or a thing, or an improvement thereof.

Please visit the Quick Facts About Patents page for more detail.