Research Policy Handbook
NOTE: Stanford faculty, staff, graduate
students and postdocs complete this form electronically
Individuals sign and view the status of their agreement
on the Employee Information tab (for faculty and
staff) and on the Academics tab (for students
and postdocs) in Axess.
Patent and Copyright Agreement for Personnel at Stanford
I understand that, consistent with applicable laws and regulations,
Stanford University is governed in the handling of intellectual
property by its official policies titled Inventions,
Patents and Licensing and Copyright
Policy (both published in the Research Policy Handbook),
and I agree to abide by the terms and conditions of those
policies, as they may be amended from time to time.
Pursuant to those policies, and in consideration of my employment
by Stanford, the receipt of remuneration from Stanford, participation
in projects administered by Stanford, access to or use of
facilities or resources provided by Stanford and/or other
valuable consideration, I hereby agree as follows:
- I will disclose to Stanford all potentially patentable
inventions conceived or first reduced to practice in
whole or in part in the course of my University responsibilities
or with more than incidental use of University resources.
I hereby assign to Stanford all my right, title
and interest in such patentable inventions and to execute
and deliver all documents and do any and all things necessary
and proper on my part to effect such assignment.
(See Inventions, Patents and Licensing,
particularly Section 2. D., for further clarification
and discussion related to this paragraph.)
- I am free to place my inventions in the public domain
as long as in so doing neither I nor Stanford violates
the terms of any agreements that governed the work done.
- Stanford policy states that all rights in copyright shall
remain with the creator unless the work:
I hereby assign or confirm in writing to Stanford all
my right, title and interest, including associated copyright,
in and to copyrightable materials falling under a) through
- is a work-for-hire (and copyright therefore vests in the
University under copyright law),
- is supported by a direct allocation of funds through the
University for the pursuit of a specific project,
- is commissioned by the University,
- makes significant use of University resources or personnel,
- is otherwise subject to contractual obligations.
- I am now under no consulting or other obligations to
any third person, organization or corporation in respect
to rights in inventions or copyrightable materials which
are, or could be reasonably construed to be, in conflict
with this agreement.
NOTE: An alternative to this agreement may be appropriate
for personnel with a prior
existing and conflicting employment agreement
that establishes a right to intellectual property in conflict
with Stanford policies. Personnel in this situation should contact
the office of the Vice Provost
and Dean of Research.
- I will not enter into any agreement creating copyright
or patent obligations in conflict with this agreement.
- This agreement is effective on the later of July 1, 2011
(on the one hand) or my date of hire, enrollment, or participation
in projects administered by Stanford (on the other hand),
and is binding on me, my estate, heirs and assigns.
The signer should make a copy of this agreement for his
or her own records, and hereby waives any objection to
Stanford's use of an electronic version of this agreement
as a substitute for the original for any legally recognized
Provider: Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Stanford University
Contact: Assistant Dean of Research
Last updated: July 2011