Intellectual Property Policy
If you invent something reasonably related to the work you were hired to do at the UI, you are required under your employment contract and/or by the UI Intellectual Property (IP) Policy policy to assign all IP rights for that invention to the UI. The UI would also have ownership of any other inventions created using significant UI resources. If the invention was developed in collaboration with inventors at other institutions or companies, their employers may be co-owners of the IP. In that case, the UI will collaborate with the other institution to assess, patent, and commercialize the invention.
Conflicts of Commitment and Interest Policies
Given the breadth of activities conducted in fulfillment of the University’s mission, unique policies govern key areas of the University enterprise. Disclosure, review, and management are critical to the application of the following Conflicts of Commitment and Interest policies. Under these policies, few activities that represent, or appear to represent, a conflict are actually prohibited. Rather, the rules require conflicts to be disclosed, reviewed, and managed appropriately.
For information regarding management of conflicts of commitment or interest, please consult the UI Commitment and Interest Policies page directly.
Current UI Revenue Distribution Policy
Once out-of-pocket expenses incurred by UIRF are recovered, distributable income* generated from license agreements will be distributed as follows:
- 25% of distributable income to University inventor(s)
- 25% of distributable income to the UIRF
- 20% of distributable income to an institutional "research enrichment fund" (REF) administered on a discretionary basis by the University of Iowa Vice President for Research
- 15% of distributable income to the unit from which the invention arose (or, in the absence of a unit, to the college)
- 15% of distributable income to the college from which the invention arose (or, in the absence of a college, to the REF)
*Per the UI IP Policy: Gross UIRF earnings, less its out-of-pocket expenses, less payments required to others, are designated as "distributable income."
Please note that the Revenue Distribution policy was most recently amended May 6th, 2019 to that described above. Distribution of proceeds and income for inventions and copyrightable works disclosed to UIRF prior to such amendment will continue to follow the distribution in effect on the date the invention or copyrightable work was disclosed. If you have questions regarding previous distribution policy, please contact one of our accounting staff members.
Requesting a CDA
A Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA), sometimes called a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), is a legal contract that protects proprietary information and binds the parties to hold information in confidence for a set period of time. The CDA specifies how the receiving party will use the information, emphasizing the recipient’s handling and protection of the confidential information. What is considered confidential information?
- Information exchanged between two parties that the receiving party is required to keep confidential and not disclose to a third party
- Information that is NOT common knowledge or known to the public
Investigators are not an authorized signatory for the University of Iowa. If you are in need of a CDA to discuss your work or you have been asked by a company to sign a CDA, either UIRF or the Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) must sign the CDA. For CDAs covering UI intellectual property or a disclosed invention, please contact one of our licensing staff members. For all other CDAs please reach out to DSP.