Intellectual Protection and Patent Sign-Off
All graduate students engaged in thesis or dissertation research are required to submit a completed Intellectual Property and Patent Sign-Off form. This form is designed to protect both the student’s and the University’s legal rights in any invention resulting from the student’s research efforts. If potential intellectual property is identified, this form allows for the publication delay of the dissertation or thesis to provide time to file the necessary legal papers, but it will not interfere with the student’s graduation schedule. All requests for a delay will be granted in increments of one year, and are renewable with the submission of a new Intellectual Protection form no later than thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of the delay, for a maximum of four (4) times. This form should be submitted with the Acceptance of Thesis or Dissertation for Defense form no later than 15 days prior to the scheduled defense date. If there is no defense, the form must be submitted by the last day of classes, which is the also the deadline for uploading to OhioLINK.