Hospital Affiliation and Intellectual Property Ownership

Hospital Affiliation and Intellectual Property Ownership.

UB sometimes receives disclosures from inventors working at the university's various affiliated hospitals. It results in questions about ownership of intellectual property with respect to the nature of the inventor’s employment and facilities used in making the invention. Sometimes we see similar questions in establishing sponsored research contracts, including clinical trial agreements.

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The following guidelines are used in determining intellectual property ownership with respect to research conducted in affiliated hospitals. Note that this process applies to all hospital affiliations except for the VA Medical Center, which has a separate agreement. We have shared relevant sections of the Kaleida contract to illustrate the contract language used to determine or define ownership.

Intellectual Property Ownership Determination