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Recent changes to federal regulations require the University of Tennessee to have written agreements with all employees working on publicly funded projects. The intent of the new rules is to ensure that employees disclose inventions made with federal funds and assign ownership to them. In addition to the requirement for written agreements on workers` inventions, the new rule clarifies, among other things, certain definitions, reduces the compliance burden, addresses co-inventions between beneficiaries and federal authorities, and simplifies the electronic notification process. The University considers sponsored works to be contractual agreements between the University and a third party to provide sponsored research or other services. UT Board Policy BT0024, in force since 1984, does not change. This is the only time you have to electronically sign a confirmation and agreement on the directive. UTC recognizes the intellectual property rights of teachers, staff and students. The absence of a formal agreement (contract or MOA) on the use of funds or equipment must set the condition of “no substantial use”. If you have any questions about the directive or the new procedure, I recommend that you ask your questions to Propst may authorize, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA), the use of academic resources for the development and organization of distance learning courses. In order to meet this new legal requirement, the university invites all faculties, staff, and student staff to electronically verify and sign the Statement of the University of Tennessee`s Patent, Copyright and Other Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights Directive, UT Board Policy BT0024. These agreements are available as a starting point for negotiations with research sponsors, potential licensees and others, as the agreements naturally suggest. Faculty members are cordially invited to use these documents as a starting point; However, all contracts must be executed through the corresponding office of each UT institution.

UTC complies with the UT System Directive with respect to patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights. The university will do everything in its power to protect the intellectual property rights of distance learning materials developed by the faculty. While we focus primarily on patent law, we also deal with copyright, trademark rights, trade presentations, trade secrets, and business methods. The engineer must at least be familiar with other forms of intellectual property. In a relatively short period of time, we will give you an overview of the rights of creative and resourceful people and provide you with the information to protect yourself and your intellectual property ideas. Convenient online format accessible at any time from any computer with Internet access. This course is intended to give engineers the knowledge of intellectual property, how they can protect their ideas and inventions. The university may also enter into contracts with the faculty to develop distance courses and programs on a rental basis. The intellectual property right for engineers is offered in the following formats: This Directive aims to protect the interests of all parties concerned: the TBR and its constituent institutions, members of the institutional community, external sponsors of research and the public. .

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