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C4C staff can advise on IP protection best practices and law, set patent strategy, and retain counsel.

Multiple forms of protecting IP

Innovations may require multiple forms of IP assets. C4C is staffed to support an IP strategy for unique circumstances. We can assist you with the following:

  • Copyrights — protect not only books and journal publications but also software, artwork, photography, music, and website content. In addition, the UW Copyright Connection provides resources on copyright law, policies, and guidelines.
  • Trademarks, Service Marks, and Certification Marks — protect the goodwill of a distinctive name, word, or phrase or logo or other image that identifies or certifies a product or service in the marketplace.
  • Confidentiality and Non-disclosure Agreements — allow proprietary information to be shared outside the University for collaborative, licensing, and other purposes.
  • Material Transfer Agreements — allow transfer of research materials with other academic or corporate researchers. See additional details.
  • Patents — provide exclusive rights in an innovation for a limited period of time. Please note that a patent conveys a right to exclude others from making, using, or selling, and it is not a right to sell, manufacture or use.