Intellectual Property Policy

The Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) is dedicated to teaching, research, and the extension of knowledge to the public. Its personnel recognize as two of their major objectives, the production of new knowledge and the dissemination of both old and new knowledge. Inherent in these objectives is the need to encourage the development of new and useful devices and processes, the publication of scholarly works and educational materials, the development of computer Software, and other forms of Intellectual Property. 

The Institute's Intellectual Property Policy, concerning inventions, copyright, and computer software, applies to students as well as to faculty and staff. Adherence thereto is a condition of continued enrollment at the Institute. 

All full or part-time faculty and staff shall, as a condition of employment with the Institute, execute an agreement, assigning all rights, title, and interest, to the extent prescribed in this policy, in any Intellectual Property to the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. 

Students shall be required to execute an agreement:

  1. When working on a research project funded by an entity other than GIT, the Georgia Tech Foundation, or the Board of Regents;
  2. When employed by GIT; or
  3. When required by the Office of the Provost. Such requirement may be recommended by a faculty member who has students working in faculty-directed research.

For more information and the full text from the Institute's Intellectual Property policies, visit Georgia Tech's online Policy Library and the Faculty Handbook.