May 25, 2010,
Volume 56, No. 34
Patent and Tangible Research Property Policies and Procedures of the University of Pennsylvania
In October of 2009, President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price convened and charged a committee to review and revise the University’s Patent Policy. The committee, chaired by Steven J. Fluharty, Senior Vice Provost for Research, met bi-monthly and was comprised of stakeholders from across campus, including 3 representatives selected by the Faculty Senate; 1 representative selected by Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty; 1 representative selected by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly; 1 representative selected by the Undergraduate Assembly; 3 representatives selected by the Deans of the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Science, and Medicine; 1 representative from the Office of Budget and Management Analysis; and 1 representative from the Office of General Counsel.
The committee was asked to review a number of topics, including 1) legal expenses associated with intellectual property protection and management; 2) tangible research materials; 3) technology transfer office sustainability; 4) emeritus faculty participation; 5) student entrepreneurs; 6) return to inventor process; and 7) the appeal process in the event of a dispute.
During the review and revision process the committee considered peer patent policies and metrics, Penn’s historic policies and practices, data associated with Penn’s technology transfer activities, and financial models. Major proposed revisions were presented to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Council of Deans, Academic Planning and Budget Committee, and the Provost Council on Research.
To review both the current and newly revised Patent and Tangible Research Property Policies and Procedures document please visit the Office of the Vice Provost for Research website, www.upenn.edu/research/, or phone (215) 898-7236 to request a copy. We welcome your suggestions and would appreciate receiving them by Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Please direct all comments and inquiries to Michael Hoffman in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research; his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Vincent Price, Provost
— Steven J. Fluharty, Senior Vice Provost for Research