Procedures and Policies
Generally speaking, materials produced or discoveries founded within the duties of an employee of the University will be deemed a work for hire product to which the University retains certain rights. SIU School of Medicine currently supports a 50/50 split on profit sharing for intellectual property related revenue after the University is reimbursed for its costs in obtaining protection and any other relevant costs. Please see the Southern Illinois University - System Intellectual Property Policy for a more thorough description of the University’s position on these matters.
The process of gaining intellectual property protection begins with an idea. Once an inventor believes that he or she has a useful idea, he/she is then encouraged to submit an Evaluation Request Form to the Office of Technology Transfer to initiate a brief review of the technology.
If the idea or invention has economic or public interest merit and satisfies the novelty and non-obviousness requirements of patent law, the inventor will then be asked to fill out an Invention Disclosure Form. The inventor will then be asked to present the idea and reasons for seeking protection to the Patent and Copyright Committee. A recommendation will then be made to the Dean of the School of Medicine who will approve or deny University sponsorship of patent prosecution and marketing activities. In the event that the University does not approve sponsorship, or if 6 months has elapsed from the Invention Disclosure Form submission, then the University may release ownership rights to the inventor should he or she wish to seek individual intellectual property protection for the proposed idea.
If a staff or faculty member wishes to author or co-author a textbook or other profitable copyrightable work that would be produced as part of employment with the University, he or she should disclose such a work to the Office of Technology Transfer for review. The author will then be asked to present the proposal to the Patent and Copyright Committee for review and recommendation.