noun: intangible rights protecting the products of human intelligence and creation, such as copyrightable works, patented inventions, trademarks, and trade secrets.
The Duty to Disclose
University policy and federal law requires that intellectual property resulting from federally funded research must be disclosed to the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). Also, faculty, staff, and students are required to disclose all inventions owned by the university and all inventions resulting from any outside activity within the field or discipline of the inventor. Research publication is encouraged. The best practice to follow is, upon the making of an invention and prior to any publication or public disclosure, inventors should promptly and fully disclose to the OTT. For more information on university intellectual property policies: