Intellectual Property

Successful research projects often result in the development of inventions by faculty members, students, and staff members who have devoted long hours to their work. The SJSU Research Foundation supports these efforts and encourages suitable commercialization by equitably allocating ownership rights among inventors, the university, and research sponsors.

The SJSU Research Foundation serves as the campus agency to assist in bringing inventions to the public marketplace and to promote their greatest public benefit. In collaboration with the SJSU AVP for Research, the Research Foundation strives to develop and execute agreements that may result in the division and distribution of licensing fees, royalties, and other forms of income from the commercialization of inventions.

Frequently asked questions regarding intellectual property, including patents, copyright, trademarks, or trade secrets are available in this document:

Intellectual Property FAQs [pdf]

For additional essential information, please review SJSU Academic Senate policy F98-3 on intellectual/creative property.

SJSU Academic Senate Policy F98-3 on Intellectual Property [pdf]