Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Ownership Policy

This policy is in compliance with Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees Policy 321.01 – Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Ownership. According to the aforementioned policy, “an employee has the right to trademark or copyright any literary material and to patent any invention unless duties of the employment contract or program agreement charges the employee with, or includes, the duty of producing material for the College to copyright or trademark, or to develop an invention for the College to patent.” Profit earned from the creation of any invention, or literary materials that have been developed by the employee are considered to belong to the employee as long as said invention, or literary materials have been developed on the employee’s own time and “College funds, materials, or facilities” have not been used. However, provided “College funds, materials, or facilities” have been used, the College is considered the owner.