MIT updates intellectual property policy

MIT’s Academic Council approved the adoption of an updated Intellectual Property Policy, Vice President for Research Maria T. Zuber announced in an email to the MIT community.  

According to Zuber, a working group was tasked to “clarify [the] policy and bring it line with modern practices” after seeking feedback from stakeholders including the Committee on Intellectual Property and the Faculty Policy Committee. The updated policy is intended to “provide clear guidance on rights and obligations that MIT and its community members have with respect to intellectual property,” In particular, it “formalizes a process to address any dispute that may arise about IP ownership.” 

Zuber added that the Technology Licensing Office has a Frequently Asked Questions page and requested that those with questions about the new policy can email the office at