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Intellectual Property Overview

Creations of the mind (such as software or inventions) can, in some cases be protected by securing intellectual property rights; that is, the right to keep others from reproducing those creations without permission.  From the university perspective, those rights, once secured, can be licensed to other entities  in exchange for appropriate compensation.  In the United States, intellectual property rights are conferred through the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  For more information, on intellectual property, visit their website.