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SWGTC Intellectual Property Policy

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) is dedicated to fostering an environment that permits the development of intellectual property that improves the productivity of the College and enhances the teaching/learning environment. In order for the College to utilize to the best and fullest extent all works produced for it, and all works provided for its use, employees and students producing or providing work for the College represents and warrants that such works:

Ownership
The ownership of intellectual property will be determined according to the conditions described below.

Any employee or student of Southwest Georgia Technical College must obtain the express approval of the President prior to the development of intellectual property in whole or in part on College time or with the substantial use of College resources which will not be exclusively owned by Southwest Georgia Technical College.(State Policy II.E.1)

Copyrighted Material
Literary works, textbooks, works of art, maps, computer software, musical and dramatic works, motion pictures and sound recordings, and other original works of authorship may be copyrighted. In order to be covered by copyright laws, the work must be in some tangible form, and it must be the product of original creative authorship. Ownership of copyrightable works must be consistent with the United States Copyright Law. The burden of obtaining the copyright, patent, license, and/or trade secret rights, including cost, is that of the owner.

Revenue
Revenue derived from the development of college-owned intellectual property is distributed to college revenue funds as determined by the Vice President for Administrative Services.

In the event that intellectual property is licensed to the originator, the full rights for the copyright, patent, or trademark, and any resulting royalties or profits, shall remain with the originator.

All cases in which questions arise as to equities, rights, division of revenues, or any other intellectual property-related matter, shall be referred to the Academic Affairs Committee for consideration, interpretation of policy, and decision. Appeal of a committee decision shall be to the Vice President for Administrative Services, then to the President, and finally to the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Appeals within the College must be made in writing within thirty days of written notice of a final decision. Appeals to the TCSG shall be made in accordance with State Board policy.

Responsibility
The Vice President for Academic Affairs has the overall responsibility for ensuring this policy is implemented. 


 

Reference
SBTCSG Policy: II.E.1. Intellectual Property

Adopted:10-02-2008
Revised: 02-01-2011

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