What intellectual property obligations do consultants have to the university?
University Employees engaged in outside employment or consulting activities have an obligation to report any intellectual property developed in the course of their activity.
Texas State University will assert ownership rights only in the following circumstances:
The invention was developed or conceived in the course of a sponsored program or there is an obligation to an outside third party in place.
University resources were used in the course of the IP’s development or conception or
The development or conception of the invention was determined to be in the scope of university employment.
The University recognizes the difficulty of invention disclosure when consulting with some commercial business entities. When requested, OCIR can sign a confidentiality agreement with the company covering disclosure of the new invention.