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Intellectual Property Ownership

As a graduate student at the University of California, you have an opportunity to make original creations, inventions, and discoveries as part of your activities both within and outside of classes. Learning about these forms of intellectual property (IP) and how to protect and develop them is an important part of your educational experience. Students can make original contributions in all areas of scholarship that UC supports.

Intellectual property is generally defined as intangible creations of the mind, which may be protected under patent, copyright, and/or trademark laws.

The links below can help you navigate questions about IP.

UCOP IP Policy


UC Copyright Ownership Policy