Copyrights | Patents | Research and Technology Transfer | Tech Stock Forms | Trademarks
The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and counsel regarding intellectual property and technology transfer to UT System and UT System institutions and is responsible for legal matters relating to:
- Conflicts of interest management
- Patents and inventorship determination
- Research and technology transfer
- Research-related agreements including: clinical trial agreements, sponsored research agreements, license agreements, material transfer agreements, inter-institutional agreements, confidentiality agreements and research grants
- Scientific misconduct allegations
- Training for UT technology transfer professionals and research contract negotiators
The University of Texas System maintains its copyright policy at UTS107, "Use of Copyrighted Materials." If you are a member of a UT institution community (faculty, staff, or student), click the appropriate link to view frequently-used copyright agreements, courseware agreements, and software standard agreements. Because copyright law is fluid, evolving, and fact-specific, contact an attorney for assistance on particular issues. UT institution community members may contact the Office of General Counsel for guidance.
In addition, a review of the Copyright Crash Course, maintained by The University of Texas at Austin Libraries Scholarly Communications Advisor Georgia Harper, may be helpful. The Course contains additional information and resources, such as:
The Office of General Counsel oversees the Board of Regent’s intellectual property created at a UT System institution and, with regard to patentable intellectual properties, works closely with outside patent counsel assisting with the assessment of patentability and the preparation, filing, prosecution, issuance, and maintenance of patents issued in the United States and abroad, which are held by the Board of Regents. All original Letters Patent and Assignments held by the Board of Regents are housed and maintained in the Office of General Counsel.
When appropriate and necessary, the Office of General Counsel works closely with outside patent litigation counsel to initiate and resolve any infringement issues and preserve the intellectual property rights of the Board of Regents.
Research, Technology Transfer, and Commercialization
The Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions Practice Group provides guidance to UT institutions in negotiating and drafting various agreements related to research, technology transfer, and commercialization, and reviews such agreements to ensure they comply with the Regents' Rules and Regulations, Series 90000.
Information regarding the research, technology transactions, and commercialization offices for UT institutions and UT System Administration can be found by clicking the appropriate office listed below:
Academic Institutions | Health Institutions | UT System
Office of Research | Office of Technology Management
Offices of Research and Sponsored Projects | Office of Technology Commercialization
Office of Research | Office of Technology Commercialization
UT El Paso
Office of Research and Sponsored Projects | Office of Technology Transfer
UT Permian Basin
Office of Research and Grants Administration | Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialization
UT Rio Grande Valley
The Division of Research, Innovation and Economic Development
UT San Antonio
Office of Commercialization and Innovation | Office of Research Development
Office of Research and Technology Transfer | Office of Research and Technology Transfer - Technology Management
UT Health Science Center at Houston
Office of Research | Office of Technology Management
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
Office of Sponsored Projects | Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization
UT Health Science Center at Tyler
Office of Research
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Office of Sponsored Programs | Office of Technology Commercialization and Licensing
UT Medical Branch - Galveston
Office of Clinical Research | Office of Sponsored Programs | Office of Technology Transfer
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Office of Research Administration | Office for Technology Development
UT System Administration
Office of Technology Commercialization
Tech Stock Forms
Interactive forms addressing New Tech Stock and Change Tech Stock, as well as procedures for completing and submitting each form, can be accessed by clicking the appropriate link below. Please note that both the "New Tech Stock Form" and the "Change Tech Stock Form" require downloading to your computer, in order to access each document:
A trademark or service mark may be a word, name, symbol, device, or any combination thereof that is used by its owner to identify or distinguish goods or services from those of others. Unlike patents and copyrights, interests in trademarks and service marks arise as a result of use of the mark in commerce to identify the source or origin of goods and services. In addition, trademark rights do not end after a specific period of time as do patent rights and copyrights. Instead, a trademark remains the property of the owner so long as the owner continues to use it properly as a trademark.
The unauthorized use of a UT trademark in conjunction with the product or service of an individual, group, or corporation may damage the University's reputation and suggest University endorsement where none exists. For this reason, UT System has taken action necessary to protect UT trademarks under applicable federal and state law, and has developed policies and procedures to license their use under limited circumstances. (See the UT System Trademark Policy).
Some UT System trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and with the State of Texas. Many UT System trademarks are also registered in foreign countries. Please see the Office of Trademark Licensing for a complete list of registered marks.
Inquiries regarding licensing of UT System trademarks may be directed to:
Trademark Licensing Director
Office of Trademark Licensing
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7399
Austin, Texas 78713
Phone: (512) 475-7923
Fax: (512) 232-7080
UT System has posted on-line Trademark License Agreement Terms and Conditions and a sample Trademark License Grant Clause for Trademark License Agreements, for your convenience.
How to make the most of your courses in Quest
If you are a student reading this, you may be taking a course that uses the Quest Learning & Assessment tool. So, what does that mean? Now that you have Quest at your fingertips, how should you be using it (and class time) to maximize your learning experience?
- Take notes as you watch the videos. Try to keep a notebook just like you would if going to class.
- Feel free to hit pause and talk to others as you all work through lessons.
- Review your notes and circle areas you have questions about. Write the questions down.
- Use email, Piazza/discussion-board, or class time to share questions with the instructor, TA, or other students. Google other online resources and do some background research.
- If the instructor has created learning modules with questions in Quest, write down the questions and how they were connected to the video lectures.
- Come to class ready to solve problems. When your instructor has asked you a question in class, connect it to the online lectures you watched prior to class.
- As you look at the homework problems, try to make a connection between the questions and the ideas you learned in the online tutorials.
- Think of your instructor as your personal fitness trainer. Your instructor is there to coach you, encourage you, and point to areas where you need improvement. But your instructor cannot do the learning for you, just like a personal trainer can’t lift your weights.