Federal and University Policies

Inventors should familiarize themselves with federal, state and university policies and procedures governing intellectual property, all of which are outlined below.

The Bayh-Dole Act fundamentally changed the nation’s system of technology transfer by enabling universities to retain title to inventions and take the lead in patenting and licensing groundbreaking discoveries. Click here to read more information about this landmark law that helped universities lead the way.


"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries; " Section 8:8 of the United States Constitution. Find out more about patent, copyright and trademark rights and responsibilities at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


The University of Alaska Board of Regent Policy outlines technology transfer for faculty, staff and student inventors at the university. UA Board of Regents Policy

P10.07.010. Role of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.
The president will promulgate university regulation to encourage and support intellectual activity by employees and students, and will detail rights and obligations concerning inventions, patents, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual properties developed as a result of university support.


If you are faculty employed by the University please read the Collective Bargaining Agreement, article 14 page 47


Students of UAF may be the sole inventor on a project and use the invention process as part of their professional development. 

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