In general terms, intellectual property is any product of the human intellect that the law protects from unauthorized use by others. Intellectual property is traditionally comprised of four categories: patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets.

Many of the contractual agreements necessary for research collaboration and administration have clauses that discuss ownership and user rights of intellectual property. Sponsored research, material transfer, and confidentiality agreements all typically contain clauses about intellectual property that need to be properly vetted by the University.

Researchers should familiarize themselves with the University policies and procedures governing intellectual property, all of which are outlined in this section.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Innovation Partnership Services Office!

UNCG Patent & Invention Policy

UNCG Copyright Policy

Additional Information for UNCG Authors on Copyright