Intellectual Property Policy and the Innovation Center
RIT's Intellectual Property Policy gives students ownership of any intellectual property they create in the course of their normal studies...under many, but not all circumstances.
Class and unpaid extracurricular work done by students in the Center counts as "in the course of normal study."
Innovators and Inventors should know something about the "care and feeding" of intellectual property. You should know for example that
- Public disclosure of an invention can limit your ability to file for a patent in the United States and overseas.
- RIT's Intellectual Property Management Office welcomes invention disclosures, and is available to consult on possible licensing arrangments with RIT and outside organizations.
- It is relatively easy and inexpensive to file a preliminary patent and to be able to say "patent pending" in a matter of days. It is also quite possible for a mere mortal to read a single book (Patent It Yourself) and write a regular patent application.
- Numerous friends and staff of the Innovation Center have considerable expertise in Intellectual Property and are ready, eager, and able to provide advice.
RIT students, next stop: http://www.rit.edu/research/ipmo/internal/ipstudents.php