Intellectual Property Rights

Patents, copyrights, trademarks and agreements are legal constructs (tools) used to establish how innovation is shared, and who should be identified with the work. These tools can be used to help direct your research output in a manner consistent with your goals.

A patent or trademark can facilitate the adoption and further development of an innovation, in keeping with IPS's mission to make University of Oregon research available for public benefit. Non-patented innovations, such as biological materials, know-how, or pre-publication information are forms of intellectual property (information assets) that can be managed through agreements and permissions such as Confidential Disclosure Agreements or Non-Disclosure Agreements (CDA/NDA), Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) or license agreements. 

Learn more about patentstrademarks and copyrights

Learn more about agreements and project rules.

IPS staff members are also available on request to give presentations to groups on campus about IP management, patents, copyrights and trademarks. Email us at