Defense Acceptance and Intellectual Protection

Students with a thesis or dissertation degree requirement must complete this two-part form with their adviser for approval to present/defend their paper, as well as ensure that any invention or proprietary information contained in the thesis/dissertation and presentation/defense of the paper is legally protected. The Defense Acceptance and Intellectual Protection form is due immediately upon scheduling the defense date. Completing this form ensures that access to the thesis/dissertation or presentation/defense, which might disclose an invention, is determined at the direction of the student and faculty adviser. Upon public disclosure of an invention, all international patent rights are lost and a one-year bar date is set to file a patent in the U.S., or all rights are lost. This form is found on the College of Graduate Studies website and the Graduate tab of the myUT portal, is a fillable PDF that can be electronically signed and emailed to