What if ITA doesn’t pursue patenting?

If it doesn’t appear that the invention is commercially viable or that a patent is necessary to commercialize an invention, ITA may decide not to pursue patent protection for such inventions. If the University does not pursue a patent and the research leading to the IP was not federally funded, the IP may be released to the inventors. If the research was federally funded, ITA will work with the inventors to have the rights transferred to them by the federal agency that funded the research. Any release of rights is contingent on the agreement by inventors that no University resources will be used to further develop the invention and that the inventors have no intent to immediately license or assign the technology to a third party.