What is a copyright?

Copyright law protects original works of authorship that have been fixed in a tangible format in which the work can be recreated. This includes software code, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Copyright protection is automatic upon creation of the work, but registration is necessary before filing a legal action against any party infringing the copyright.

What copyrightable materials do I need to disclose to TDG?

Any work created in the course of a sponsored project, needs to be disclosed to TDG. A sponsored work is a work first produced by or through the University in the performance of a written agreement between the University and a sponsor.

Scholarly or aesthetic works do not need to be disclosed to TDG. The UC Copyright policy on ownership grants ownership of scholarly and aesthetic works to the  creator. A scholarly/aesthetic work is a work originated by a designated academic appointee resulting from independent academic effort. An example would be an article for a journal.

Undergraduate student work, unless it is a sponsored work or was created as a result of work done as a University employee, does not need to be disclosed to TDG.  Work created by University Staff, or Institutional work, should be disclosed to TDG.

If you are unclear under which category your work falls under or where ownership resides, please contact our office for additional information.

What are some examples of how copyrighted materials have been commercialized?

A broad range of works of authorship have been successfully commercialized by TDG. Some examples include:  Software; Literary Materials; Educational Materials; Photographs

How do I disclose my work that I want to copyright?

All copyrightable materials should be disclosed to TDG using the Copyright Disclosure Form. Please see invention-report