UO Policies - Revenue

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The University of Oregon shares any licensing revenue it receives from work-related patents and copyrights with inventors, developers, and authors.

 

When the UO licenses intellectual property to an external partner, our primary goal is to promote the use and impact of the underlying innovation.  The UO also seeks to recover the costs of pursuing intellectual property protection and reasonable royalties or fees from its partners in order to fund the development and dissemination of future innovations.  After those costs are recovered, the UO shares a portion of licensing revenues with the developers of the intellectual property.

 

Patent & Copyright Revenue Sharing

The UO shares the maximum amount with inventors and authors allowed under OAR 580-43-0011 and the IMD 6.250 policy, and then splits the remaining revenue between the department or center of the developers and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI).   The Office of the VPRI uses its share of the revenue to further promote UO innovations, and encourages the receiving departments and centers to use the revenue to promote innovation and impact within the project from which the innovation arose. The project reinvestment mechanism is a unique tool that many of UO’s developers and departments choose, and it is one of the reasons UO’s licensing programs have been so successful.

 

Post-cost recovery patent license revenue distribution

 

$0-50k

$50-100k

Over 100k

Developers

40%

35%

30%

Department

30%

32.5%

35%

Office of the VPRI

30%

32.5%

35%

 

Post-cost recovery copyright license revenue distribution

Developers

50%

Department

25%

Office of the VPRI

25%

 

Revenue Sharing among Developers

When research and project teams disclose an innovation, IPS will encourage them to go through the exercise of deciding amongst themselves how their portion of any revenue should be split, including all contributors. Many groups involve their department chair in the decision-making process. This understanding will be recorded and acknowledged by all parties, and used to distribute any revenue that may result from the innovation. It is also possible for developers to waive their personal share to provide greater resources to their department and as approved by their department to their project/lab.  You can talk with an IPS representative about any of these options.