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CTC Procedure : Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

CTC Property: Intellectual Property

Columbus Technical College encourages the development, writing, invention, or production of intellectual property designed to improve the productivity of the college or to enhance the teaching/learning environment.

Unless otherwise provided in a separate agreement, the college owns all rights to a copyrightable or patentable work created by the employee or student with the support of college resources. Ownership refers to a legally binding agreement specifying the names, party, or parties to whom the intellectual property belongs and who will be attributed as the owners of the intellectual property in the general public. College resources include, but are not limited to, offices, computers, standard office equipment and supplies, libraries, labs, funds, and personnel.

Ownership resides with the employee or student if all of the following criteria are met:

The work is the result of individual initiative, not requested or required by the college;

The work is not the product of a specific contract or assignment made as a result of employment or enrollment with the college;

The work is not prepared within the scope of the employee’s job duties or course/program requirements;

The work is not completed using equipment or resources provided by the college.

Ownership resides with the college if any of the above criteria are not met and/or if any of the following criteria applies:

The work is prepared within the scope of the employee’s job duties or course/program requirements;

The work is the product of a specific contract or assignment made in the course of the employee’s employment or student’s enrollment with the college; or

The development of the work involved facilities, time, and/or other resources of the college including, but not limited to, release time, grant funds, college personnel, salary supplement, leave with pay, equipment, or other materials or financial assistance.

Any employee or student of Columbus Technical College must obtain the express approval of the president prior to the development of intellectual property if there is any question pertaining to ownership.

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