The use of computers within sponsored programs may result in the creation of computer software and software support materials. This software can be either copyrighted or patented, depending on the particular circumstances, and can often be licensed for commercial use.
The State University of New York (SUNY) policy on ownership rights to software was ratified on January 16, 1998, formalizing the guidelines that have been in place since 1988 for the ownership of software.
Pursuant to the contract between the Research Foundation (RF) and SUNY, which requires that RF polices be consistent with administrative policies applicable to the University, the SUNY software policy is adopted as the official RF policy. The policy covers ownership, administration, and promotion of computer software and software support materials and clarifies and protects the rights of all interested parties.
Refer to the SUNY Computer Software Policy.
The Research Foundation operations manager or designee must inform all new Research Foundation employees and recipients of academic fellowships of the SUNY computer software policy and must provide them with a copy of the policy during orientation.
The Research Foundation operations manager or designee must request that all new employees and recipients of academic fellowships read the Patent Waiver and Release Agreement and sign the authorization and declaration on the applicable Employee Assignment Form or the Academic Fellowship Form, as appropriate. By signing the authorization and declaration on the appropriate form, an employee or academic fellow accepts the SUNY/RF computer software policy.
Refer to the Forms resource area of the Employees: Personnel Administration business area for
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