University of Wisconsin–Madison

Intellectual Property

Sometimes in developing a course, a faculty member or instructor may believe they have an intellectual property interest to protect. While generally, faculty and instructors at UW-Madison have unique privileges regarding intellectual property, the university also has rights (as part of policy approved by the Board of Regents) when campus resources have been expended in the creation of said course materials. This may be in the form a nonexclusive right to use prepared materials. There is not a one-size fits all approach to resolving issues of intellectual property. If you have questions concerning intellectual property in material that you have prepared, please contact the Office of Legal Affairs.