September 4, 1997
The enclosed University of California Patent Policy will be effective October 1, 1997. This policy supersedes the November 18, 1985 policy, and rescinds the April 16, 1990 revision to that policy (a one-page Summary of Changes is provided). Inventions reported on or after October 1, 1997 will be subject to the new policy. Inventions reported before the effective date will be governed by the November 18, 1985 policy. Also enclosed is a "Patent Acknowledgment" to be signed by all new employees as of October 1st. This form replaces the "Patent Agreement."
The purpose of the new policy is to simplify and restructure the formula for distributing royalty income from inventions, and to establish a new campus and Laboratory research allocation. This policy is the result of extensive review and discussion within the University community. Additional information regarding implementation of the new policy will be published in the near future by the Office of Technology Transfer.
The enclosed policy applies to all employees and others specified within the policy, except individuals in the following collective bargaining units: Research Support Professional, Technical, and Police. Until collective bargaining agreements have been ratified by both parties in these units, affected employees will remain subject to the requirements of the April 16, 1990 Patent Policy.
Richard C. Atkinson
cc: Members, President's Cabinet
Academic Council Chair Weiss
Members, Technology Transfer Advisory Committee
Academic Vice Chancellors
Administrative Vice Chancellors
Research Vice Chancellors
Executive Director Feuerborn
Special Assistant Gardner
Principal Officers of the Regents