For Faculty - Policies & Guidelines

The Invention & Patent Policy was first approved in 1985 to encourage the development and commercialization of inventions arising from University research.

Invention rights covered by the Policy include both intellectual property rights (such as patent rights) as well as tangible property rights (such as biological materials). Net Income for each invention is distributed as follows:

University's share of Net Income is less than or equal to $500,000

University's share of Net Income is greater than $500,000

40% to Inventors

40% to Inventors

20% to OTT

20% to OTT

14% to Department or Research Unit

4% to Department or Research Unit

6% to College or School

4% to College or School

20% to University

32% to University

Net Income is defined as gross income less patenting, legal, and marketing costs related to an invention. An 20% OTDC Administration Fee was implemented on July 1, 2006 (see memo here) and is incorporated in the above distribution chart.

The Policy is administered by the Office of Technology Development and Commercialization (OTDC) under the jurisdiction of the Invention and Patent Committee, an eight-person group that includes five faculty members nominated by the Faculty Senate (one of whom serves as chair). The Committee is charged with ensuring that the objectives of the Policy are met, but is not involved in deciding whether the rights to any particular invention are accepted by the University or in selecting commercialization strategies. Sometimes, the Committee issues Invention & Patent Policy Guidelines to assist in the implementation of the Policy.

Note: The Policy prohibits inventors from entering into any agreements (such as consulting agreements) that may be contrary to the Policy's objectives, particularly with respect to the preservation of the University's intellectual property rights.

Invention and Patent Committee (IPC)

Appointed by Temple University's President, the IPC is charged with reviewing intellectual property policy matters including ownership, royalty distribution and conflicts of interest. Visit Section 6 of Temple's Invention and Patent Policy for further information on the IPC.

Visit the Faculty Senate site to see memebers of the University Invention and Patent Committee.