Sec. 3.10 of the Bylaws of The Board of Regents: Ownership of Patents, Copyrights, Computer Software, and Other Property Rights.

Unless otherwise provided by action of the Board:

  1. Patents and copyrights issued or acquired as a result of or in connection with administration, research, or other educational activities conducted by members of the University staff and supported directly or indirectly (e.g., through the use of University resources or facilities) by funds administered by the University, regardless of the source of such funds, and all royalties or other revenues derived therefrom shall be the property of the University.
  2. Computer software created by members of the University staff in connection with administration, research, or other educational activities supported directly or indirectly by funds administered by the University, regardless of the source of such funds, shall be the property of the University. Such computer software may be made available for use on a nonexclusive basis by those who pay appropriate charges to reimburse the University for the costs of development, distribution, and reproduction.
  3. The provisions of A and B, supra, shall apply unless they are inconsistent with the terms of any applicable agreement with a third-party sponsor or provider of funds, in which case, the University’s agreement with such sponsor or provider shall control.
  4. Patents, copyrights, and property rights in computer software resulting from activities which have received no support, direct or indirect, from the University shall be the property of the inventor, author, or creator thereof, free of any limitation which might otherwise arise by virtue of University employment.
  5. In cases which involve both University-supported activity and independent activity by a University staff member, patents, copyrights, or other property rights in resulting work products shall be owned as agreed upon in writing and in advance of an exploitation thereof by the affected staff member and the Vice President for Research in consultation with the Committee on Patents and Copyrights and with the approval of the University’s Office of the General Counsel. It is understood that such agreements shall continue to recognize the traditional faculty and staff prerogatives and property rights concerning intellectual work products.