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Policies Governing Technology Commercialization

Craig Eckfeldt, microbiology, immunology and cancer biology researcher

The technology commercialization process is governed by Regents Policy. To read all related policies, follow the links below. If you have questions, contact a Technology Strategy Manager.

PDF DocRegents Intellectual Property Policy [PDF]

Reporting Inventions or Software Arising from Research

Reporting Inventions or Software to the University and Sponsors

Conflict of Interest & the REPA form

The Office of Institutional Compliance handles questions regarding conflict of interest and has information about how to fill out the Report of External Professional Activities (REPA) form. These policies undergo frequent review and revision, so be sure to utilize the most recent policy version.

PDF DocConflict of Interest Policy [PDF]

Administrative Policy on Conflict of Interest

Required Instruction for Researchers

Intellectual property education is offered as part of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Core training. RCR Core is required instruction for new faculty and for graduate students or post-doctoral fellows to serve as a principal investigator on a grant or fellowship.

RCR and Compliance Education

Maintaining Lab Notebooks

It is important for all researchers to keep accurate, detailed, up-to-date, and witnessed lab notebooks to prove inventorship and support the validity of research results.

PDF DocGuidelines for Maintaining Laboratory Notebooks [PDF]

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