KU Policies Related to Commercialization

What would a University be without policies? The fact is, these policies are designed to protect your interests as well as the university's. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’ll be happy to explain the reasoning behind the policies, and help you fill out the required forms.

These policies will help guide you on your way

Following the guidelines in these documents will help you avoid common mistakes, and get your innovation to market faster.

IP Policy

Research Policy and Regulations

Revenue Sharing Policy

Other KU Information

Federal Laws and Regulations

Bayh-Dole Act

KU, as is other research universities, is governed by the Bayh-Dole law (P.L. 96-517 and 98-620 as amended) which sets out the disposition of inventions made with Federal assistance.

The law provides that nonprofit organizations and small businesses may elect to retain title to inventions conceived or first actually reduced to practice in the performance of work under a funding agreement. The University must disclose each subject invention in a timely manner and comply with other regulatory actions. In addition, we must grant the U.S. government a royalty free license for governmental purposes, give preference to U.S. manufacturers, give preference to small businesses and share royalties with inventors. We must periodically report our licensing activity to the Government.