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ACTION REQUIRED – Electronic Acknowledgment and Agreement Regarding Inventions and Creations 

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Recent changes in federal regulations require the University of Tennessee to have written agreements with all employees who work on federally funded projects. The intent of the new regulations is to make sure employees disclose and assign title to inventions made using federal funding.

In order to comply with this new legal requirement, the University is requesting all faculty, staff, and student employees to review and electronically sign an acknowledgment of and agreement to the University of Tennessee Statement of Policy on Patents, Copyrights and Other Intellectual PropertyUT Board Policy BT0024.

UT Board Policy BT0024, which has been in place since 1984, is not changing. This is the only time you will need to electronically sign an acknowledgment of and agreement to the policy.

FAILURE TO COMPLETE THIS PROCESS WILL RESULT IN YOU BEING INELIGIBLE TO WORK ON FEDERALLY FUNDED PROJECTS.

All new employees will complete the process during the onboarding process.

——– Review and Sign the Policy by August 31 – Click this link: —— 

University of Tennessee Intellectual Property Agreement

Should you have any questions about the policy or new procedure, I encourage you to submit your questions to vpresearch@tennessee.edu.

About Changes to the Federal Regulation 
The federal government issued a final rule May 14 amending the regulations that implement the Bayh-Dole Act, also known as the Government Patent Policy Act of 1980, which was enacted largely to stimulate economic and entrepreneurial activity by promoting the commercialization of inventions stemming from federally funded research.

In addition to requiring written agreements regarding inventions from employees, the new rule, among other changes, clarifies certain definitions, reduces compliance burdens, addresses co-inventions between funding recipients and federal agencies and simplifies the electronic reporting process.