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UC Guidelines on Dissemination of Tangible Research     Products

Guideline #10, "Tangible Research Products" ; Guidelines on University-Industry Relations, President Gardner, May 17th, 1989.


Tangible research products include a wide range of tangible property resulting from the conduct of research, as distinct from copyrightable expressions and patentable inventions. Tangible research products may confer a public benefit through commercial licensing and may include biological materials, such as cell lines and plasmids; chemical compounds; electrical schematic diagrams; mechanical design drawings; and more abstract products such as detailed descriptions or compilations of laboratory procedures, analytical methods, or other such "know-how." The University's Intellectual Property Advisory Council is developing a written policy on tangible research products.

In the event that research results are to be licensed, the University prefers that they be patented or copyrighted when possible. When this is not practical, licensing of tangible research products consistent with these Guidelines is permissible. When the University licenses tangible research products', it is willing to restrict commercial availability of such materials, but such agreements must permit the University to retain the discretion to publish any results of research at any time and to disseminate the tangible materials for educational and research purposes. Such publication and dissemination rights are essential to an academic institution of education and research.

Licensing of tangible research products must have the written concurrence of the involved researchers and the approval of the appropriate Chancellor, laboratory Director, or Vice President. All such licenses must follow standard University policy and procedures for contracts. Chancellors are further responsible for monitoring the effects of such arrangements on the openness of academic exchange.

Guideline: The University will permit the licensing of tangible research products as long as no inappropriate restrictions are placed on publication or dissemination of research results and materials.

For more information, please see the NIH 1999 Guidelines on Dissemination of Biomedical Research Resources.



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