Intellectual property is defined as intangible products of creative effort (technical information, inventions, software, databases, designs, models, methods, literary works, data).
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Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) address the exchange of research materials between individuals at separate organizations. Case-by-case negotiation of MTAs often is necessary, particularly when intellectual property or ownership issues are involved.
Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.
A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted for a limited period of time in exchange for a disclosure of an invention. A patent is a right to exclude others from making, selling, or using the patented invention for a limited term and is essentially a legally recognized monopoly that the government grants in exchange for a disclosure of how to make and use an invention. Patentable inventions must be new, useful, and non-obvious.
Trademarks are a form of intellectual property. Like patents, copyrights, and know-how, trademarks can be licensed, sold, donated, litigated, and abandoned. A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services. It is more common to use the terminology and symbol, Trademark (™), rather than the term service mark or (sm). A trademark does not prevent others from producing similar goods or services.
Submitting a disclosure of your innovation to UNHInnovation is the first formal step in obtaining proper intellectual property protection. Innovators are strongly encouraged to submit invention disclosures early in their invention development process to avoid any potential problems.
Inventions conceived or first put into practice by faculty or staff in furtherance of university research should be promptly disclosed in writing to UNHInnovation.
Research Support Units
UNHInnovation (UNHI) is the unit of the UNH Research Office that advocates for, manages, promotes, and commercializes UNH’s intellectual assets. UNHI facilitates the transfer of UNH research results to the public, while...