Carnegie Mellon University

Intellectual Property Policy

This policy should be reviewed in its entirety on-line: http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/IntellProp.html

The following is a summary of the policy.  This policy attempts to:

  • Create an environment that encourages generation of new knowledge by members of the campus community.
  • Facilitate wide transfer of useful inventions and writing to society.
  • Motivate the development and dissemination of intellectual property by providing appropriate financial rewards to the creators and the university, and administrative assistance to creators.
  • Ensure that financial return from the development of intellectual property does not distort decisions and operations of the the university contrary to the university's mission.