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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Committee supports scholarly activities that include teaching, research and other creative actions resulting in innovative ideas with the potential of commercialization.

Innovative ideas – intellectual property – may be of benefit to faculty, staff and students, but may also have a wider reach outside the university environment. The Intellectual Property Committee can assist in protecting the rights of all parties involved relating to intellectual property.


What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind that are protected by a set of exclusive rights. These exclusive rights allow owners of intellectual property to benefit from the property they have created, providing a financial incentive for the creation of and investment in intellectual property.

The Policy on Intellectual Property can be found on the WKU Research Policies page along with other research policies, click here.


Confidential Invention Disclosure

In compliance with WKU’s intellectual property policy and the requirements of the federal sponsoring agencies, University students, staff and faculty are required to submit invention disclosures to the Intellectual Property Committee.

A completed invention disclosure form serves as the basis for an assessment of the intellectual property, determination of the commercialization potential, and selection of an appropriate protection option.

Confidential Invention Disclosure Form

Contact Us:


Intellectual Property Committee

Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11026
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1026



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 Last Modified 7/23/15