As a condition of employment, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires all employees of the state universities to sign agreements assigning intellectual property rights to the employee's respective university. The decision in Stanford v. Roche, a recent court case addressing the proper wording of university assignment agreements and ownership of IP under federal law, caused Georgia Tech to revise its assignment agreement to ensure compliance with federal law and regulations. Georgia Tech is now in the process of obtaining signatures on this new agreement from its employees. This website allows employees of Georgia Tech to electronically sign the revised assignment document. However, please note that you have the option of signing a hardcopy of the agreement. Signed agreements should be returned to Deborah Reid on or before September 30, 2011. If you prefer to sign a hard copy, please see the Frequently Asked Questions for further information and instructions.
It is important to emphasize that Georgia Tech is not changing already existing practice and/or procedure and that the revised agreement does not cover a broader category of intellectual property than that already covered by federal law and the Georgia Tech Intellectual Property Policy.
For additional information about the revised agreement and this signature process, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.