DBD (Local) – Employment Requirements and Restrictions: Intellectual Property Management


CONFLICT OF INTEREST: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines regarding the ownership of various forms of intellectual property developed by employees and students of Angelina College. The intent of this policy is to protect the interests of the College, the employees and the students of Angelina College.

This policy is specifically designed to enhance the academic standards of the institution and to foster an environment in which faculty, staff, students, and student employees are free to pursue interests in publication and discovery by protecting the interests of all parties involved. This policy applies to all full-time and part-time faculty, staff, students and student employees of Angelina College.

Matters of policy relating to intellectual property will be handled by the Angelina College Intellectual Property Committee. This committee will be composed of three members of the faculty, to be appointed from time to time by the Vice President and Dean of Instruction. Committee records will be maintained in the office of the Vice President and Dean of Instruction.

This policy applies to any publication, discovery, patentable product, or copyrightable work* developed with significant use of institutional facilities, equipment or time, or sold for profit to Angelina College students to the monetary gain of the author(s).

This policy does not apply to any publication, discovery, patentable product, or copyrightable work developed without significant use of institutional facilities, equipment or time unless otherwise stated in the conditions of this policy.

Any publication, discovery, patentable product, or copyrightable work developed as a result of the direct employment responsibility of the author(s) shall belong to Angelina College.

*The phrase “publication, discovery, patentable product, or copyrightable work” shall be referred to as “development” for the remainder of this policy.

ESTABLISHMENT OF OWNERSHIP
A written description of any potential development must be submitted to the Vice President and Dean of Instruction and members of the Intellectual Property Committee to determine if the development applies to this policy by definition of the above guidelines.

Prior to the creation of any development or supplementary course material ownership must be agreed upon by Angelina College and the applicable author(s), according to the guidelines in this policy. In such a case, the Intellectual Property Committee will call a special session to determine ownership and any potential for conflict of interest and co-ownership distribution of royalties or sales. Members of this meeting will include the Vice President and Dean of Instruction, standing members of the Intellectual Property Committee, two randomly selected faculty members outside of the applicable department, and the author(s).

Any development created prior to the approval of this policy shall not be subject to its revised tenets, and the current ownership shall remain unchanged for the duration of the development’s application at Angelina College.

GUIDELINES FOR OWNERSHIP AND SALES
Any development directly funded by Angelina College, or indirectly funded through salaried compensation as a product of work relating to the employment responsibilities of the author(s), shall belong to Angelina College.

Developments resulting from “employment responsibilities” include course notes, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, exams, practical exams, course syllabi, recordings of lectures, and grade books.

Developments not resulting from “employment responsibilities” include textbooks, lab manuals, musical compositions, artwork, screenplays, and any other work whose application may be employed at institutions other than Angelina College.

Any development created from external funding, including “work for hire” and scientific publication resulting from outside sources of money, shall belong to the author(s) unless the development has direct application to the employment responsibility of the author(s). If the development has direct application to the employment responsibility of the author(s), the royalties must be agreed upon.

Any “extra-employment” developments shall belong to the author(s) unless substantial use of space, hardware, software, equipment or time of The College was included in its creation. In this case, the development is subject to joint ownership.

Any development resulting from employment responsibilities shall not be sold for profit to Angelina College students. Any development recommended for student purchase must be approved in accordance with the current textbook procedures.

Any development jointly owned by The College and the author(s) may be sold to Angelina College students for profit through the bookstore, however, royalty/profit distribution shall adhere to the agreed upon guidelines.

Any development not owned in total or part by Angelina College may be sold to Angelina College students for profit through the bookstore, however, ownership and any potential for conflict of interest must be established prior to the sale of any author-owned development on campus.

ADOPTED: 06/15