Intellectual Property

Consult with the University’s Intellectual Property Policy statement prior to discussing intellectual property issues with prospective sponsors, especially industry and other non-federal sponsors.

Some industry sponsors will require the completion of a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before faculty and industry personnel collaborate on the proposal since potentially proprietary information could be exchanged between each party without the proper legal protections.

Confer with the UMass Innovation Institute (UMII) for assistance crafting and negotiating potential NDA’s.

If you have any questions regarding inventions, patents, licensing, start-up companies, and services for the creative arts, contact the Technology Transfer Office (TTO).