Frequently Asked Questions About
The IP Assignment Agreement

Why does Georgia Tech require employees to assign their intellectual property rights to the Georgia Tech Research Corporation?
In accordance with the Board of Regents (BOR) Policy Manual, the BOR has transferred its ownership to the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, an affiliated organization of Georgia Tech.

If I signed an employment agreement previously, why do I have to sign it again?
The recent United States Supreme Court decision in Stanford v. Roche case has provided Georgia Tech an opportunity to review its intellectual property assignment document and add clarifying language. Your fundamental rights and obligations with respect to intellectual property have not changed. Rather, the restated employment agreement provides clarity for both Georgia Tech's federal and non-federal sponsors.

What if I am not performing funded research?
The BOR requires all employees to assign their intellectual property rights regardless of whether or not you serve in a research capacity on campus.

I have been told by the Office of Sponsored Programs that my research proposal cannot be submitted to the federal agency without the IP assignment being executed, why is that?
As a recipient of research funding from the United States government, GTRC and GTARC are subject to the provisions of the Bayh-Dole Act and related legislation P.L. 96-517, P.L. 98-620, and 37 CFR Part 401. One of those provisions requires the Institute to have written agreements with its faculty and technical staff requiring disclosure and assignment of inventions resulting from such federally funded research.

What if I am on a fellowship?
You are still required to execute an intellectual property assignment document.

I thought that the United States Supreme Court decision in Stanford v. Roche meant that I could own my intellectual property?
The Supreme Court said that ownership of intellectual property created using federal funds does not automatically vest in the federal contractor or university based solely on the Bayh Dole Act. A written agreement is still required between researcher and university to affect assignment of intellectual property. Stanford would have owned the intellectual property in the Stanford v. Roche case if their assignment agreement was properly worded.

I need to execute the intellectual property assignment document, where can I go to do that online?
Click here to execute the document online.

I don't want to electronically sign this document, do I have an option to sign a 'hardcopy'?
Yes. You may print the document out, sign it and sent the signed copy to:
Deborah Reid
Georgia Tech Research Corporation, IC3
505 Tenth Street
Atlanta, GA 30332-0420
Campus Mail Code- 0420
(404) 894-6940

How will I get confirmation that the agreement has been executed? Do I get a copy for my records?
You will receive an email confirmation that the signed agreement has been accepted and received if you elect to electronically sign. You can also print a copy of the signed agreement from the website. If you sign a “hardcopy,” please contact Deborah Reid for a copy of your agreement.

I am not a student employee but am being asked to sign an intellectual property assignment agreement, why would this be the case?
In certain circumstances execution of an intellectual property assignment agreement is required to participate in certain programs on campus. Usually these programs have industry collaborations and GTRC and/or GIT has a contractual obligation to ensure intellectual property assignments are completed.