Contract Research and Patents

Contract Research

According to the standard research agreement for sponsored, contract work, the University of Utah, as a state institution of higher education, engages only in research that is compatible, consistent, and beneficial to its academic role and mission, and therefore significant results of research activities must be reasonably available for publication. The University agrees, however, for a period not to exceed six months following completion of the project, that it will obtain sponsor approval prior to publication, which approval will not be unreasonably withheld by sponsor. The University agrees to keep confidential any sponsor proprietary information supplied to it by sponsor during the course of research performed by the University, and such information will not be included in any published material without prior approval by the sponsor (Office of the University of Utah Vice President for Research).

Inventions and Patents

The University of Utah has a proactive approach to licensing University research to industry that has led to the commercialization of devices, drugs, and drug delivery systems and many other parallel technologies. The first step in this process is the disclosure to the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of the invention and the subsequent evaluation of the invention for patent protection and commercial appeal. All University faculty, staff, and students participating in research have an obligation to disclose to the TTO any potential inventions. Details of the University’s patent policy can be obtained from Section 6-4 of theĀ University’s Regulations Library. Any questions should be addressed to the TTO.