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Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer

The Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office evaluates intellectual property generated in the course of research and scholarly activities at the University, seeks to protect those inventions that demonstrate marketing potential, and licenses those rights to third parties.

If the University claims an interest in the intellectual property, the creator has an obligation to assign his/her ownership rights to the University. The University subsequently assigns that ownership to the Old Dominion University Research Foundation that serves as the University's intellectual property management agency.

Inventions Catalouge

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A listing of ODU technologies that are available for licensing. invention arranged by topic and then by invention title. The technologies are organized by subject and then by title.

Conflicts of Commitment and Influence

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A conflict of commitment arises when your external activities are so demanding of your time or attention that they interfere with your individual responsibilities to Old Dominion University. Therefore, you must arrange your outside obligations, financial interests, and activities so they do not impede or conflict with your University duties and responsibilities.

Copyright Management

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The U.S. Copyright statute provides protection for original works of authorship (known as "copyrightable works") that are fixed in any tangible medium of expression, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.


Faculty Start-Up Companies

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Active external activities, such as starting up a company, can lead to conflicts of commitment or interest with regard to one's University responsibilities. Therefore, the University has established a general framework against which the propriety and advisability of non-University activities can be measured and monitored.

Conflicts of Financial Interest

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To determine whether a disclosure is required, please complete the form Identifying Conflicts of Significant Financial Interests.

Licensing the University's Name

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Old Dominion University has a formal licensing program to protect the use of the University's name and insignias and to ensure that the University's name, logos and marks are used appropriately.


Policies and Procedures

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If the University claims an interest in the intellectual property, the creator has an obligation to assign his/her ownership rights over to the University for subsequent assignment by the University to the Old Dominion University Research Foundation that serves as the University's intellectual property management agency.

Provisional Patent Information

Completing a Form

A provisional application for patent is a U. S. national application for patent filed in the USPTO under 35 U.S.C. §111(b). It allows filing without a formal patent claim, oath or declaration, or any information disclosure (prior art) statement. It provides the means to establish an early effective filing date in a non-provisional patent application filed under 35 U.S.C. §111(a). It also allows the term "Patent Pending" to be applied.

Technologies Available for Licensing

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Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering