The University of Texas System and its component institutions adhere to the Basic Intellectual Property Policy as stated in the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, Regents' Rules and Regulations, Rule 90101. Accordingly, all faculty and staff of UT Arlington should adhere to the following policy guidelines, which supplement the Basic Intellectual Property Policy.
The University of Texas System is entrusted with the responsibility to see that all inventions and intellectual creations made at component institutions are administered in the best interests of the public, the creator, and the research sponsor, if any, and will permit the timely protection and disclosure of such intellectual property whether by development and commercialization after securing available protection for the creation, by publication, or both. It is therefore essential to foster and maintain a favorable environment for research and scholarly and creative endeavors throughout the University community. UT Arlington will provide an additional incentive for research and development by virtue of an enlightened intellectual property policy.
The intent of this policy is to encourage inventiveness and creativity and at the same time protect the respective interests of all concerned by ensuring that the benefits of such property accrue to the public, to the inventory, to the University, the UT System, and to sponsors of specific research in varying degrees of protection, monetary return and recognition, as circumstances justify or require.
This policy shall apply to all personnel employed by UT Arlington, to anyone using University facilities under supervision of University personnel, to candidates for masters and doctoral degrees, and to postdoctoral and predoctoral fellows.
Except for intellectual property included in Paragraph E below, this policy shall apply to and the Board of Regents and University may assert ownership in intellectual property of all types (including, but not limited to, any invention, discovery, trade secret, technology, scientific or technological development, and computer software) regardless of whether subject to protection under patent, trademark, copyright, or other laws.
The Board of Regents and University will not assert an interest in faculty produced textbooks, scholarly writing, art works, musical compositions and dramatic and non-dramatic literary works that are related to the faculty member's professional field unless such work is commissioned by the University or is a work for hire pursuant to Paragraph F below.
The Board and University shall have sole ownership of all intellectual property that it commissions or that is produced as a work for hire for the University. Except as may be provided otherwise in a written agreement approved by the President of the University and the Chancellor of the UT System, the provisions of Regents' Rules and Regulations , Rule 90102, relating to division of royalties shall not apply to intellectual property owned solely by the Board and University pursuant to this paragraph.
Any person who as a result of his or her activities creates intellectual property that is subject to this Policy, other than on government or other sponsored research projects where the grant agreements provide otherwise, should have a major role in the ultimate determination of how it is to be made public, whether by publication, by development and commercialization after securing available protection for the creation, or both.
It is a basic policy of the UT System and University that intellectual property be developed primarily to serve the public interest. This objective usually will require development and commercialization by exclusive licensing, but the public interest may best be promoted by the granting of nonexclusive licenses for the period of the patent. These determinations will be recommended and made in accordance with the administrative procedures hereinafter set out and with appropriate approval of the Board of Regents.