Understanding Intellectual Property (IP)/Patents


In a university setting, thoughts and processes are continually evolved, and in turn can create novel ideas, processes and products. Through WSU Ventures, Wichita State University supports students faculty and staff in the development of intellectual property (IP) and protecting it through patents, trademarks and copyrights.


As a Wichita State student, if you make it, create it, write it or design it, it’s yours. At WSU Ventures, we’re here to make sure your intellectual property is kept safe by providing assistance with PatentsCopyrightsTrademarks and Contracts & Agreements.

WSU Policy  Chapter 9.10 Intellectual Property, states that “The ownership of student works submitted in fulfillment of academic requirements shall be with the creator(s)…”; there are a couple of instances when WSU may have full or joint ownership of the intellectual property. This could happen if the intellectual property is developed in collaboration with an employee of Wichita State, or the student is a WSU employeeIf there is any doubt, please contact us. We're happy to talk through it with you.


Novel ideas, processes and products (IP) created by Wichita State faculty and staff belong to those who invented them, as well as the organization that supported the development team.

There are certain legal requirements that universities must meet regarding intellectual property. The foundation for university technology transfer was laid by the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, which also dictates the procedures for determining rights to inventions that are funded with Federal dollars. You can learn more about the Bayh-Dole Act here.

Nearly all sponsored research agreements require that investigators disclose intellectual property that is conceived or reduced to practice using project funding. It is important that all inventions developed by WSU employees be reported to WSU Ventures. Even inventions created on weekends, on leave (including sabbaticals), at home or during consulting work must be reported.

Since the public disclosure of inventions prior to filing for patent protection may limit patent rights, if you are planning on publishing or presenting the details of your invention (including thesis work), please contact us in advance and provide us with a completed intellectual property disclosure form as soon as possible prior to disclosing your idea in writing or in a presentation.