Policies & Contracts

1004 - Inventions

Subject: Inventions, Discovery and Software

Section: U1004

Date: May 11, 2005



To inform employees about the University's rights to intellectual property created by employees as part of their jobs.


Any invention, discovery, or device-like software which results from activities carried out at the University or with substantial aid of its facilities or funds must be disclosed to the University, will become the property of the University, and will be assigned to the University or a University-designated organization.

For the University’s full policy regarding inventions, discoveries, and software, see Statute 18 of the University Statutes.


  1. If a researcher, staff employee, or student develops an invention in the course of his/her work, and/or with the aid of unit/University facilities and/or funds administered by it, there is an obligation to disclose the invention or discovery to the University.
  2. Inventions should be disclosed at the earliest possible date in their development.
  3. Disclosure should be made using the Invention Disclosure Form on the UChicagoTech Web site.
  4. For more information about the University’s policies and procedures related to inventions, see the UChicagoTech Web site.

Employees represented by a union may be governed by the appropriate bargaining unit agreement.