Inventions and other Intellectual Property

Office of Technology Development
Smith Campus Center, Suite 727
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: 617-495-3067

Everyone, including students, is expected to notify and to disclose to the Office of Technology Development (OTD) any invention that they have made in connection with their University work and/or through the use of University-administered resources. The University’s Statement of Policy in Regard to Intellectual Property (the IP Policy) provides additional details.

When an invention is owned by Harvard under the IP Policy, OTD may seek to patent it, in which case the cost of doing so is borne by the University; however, OTD makes both patented and unpatented Harvard technologies available for commercial license so they may be developed into new products and services. Net royalties received from licenses are shared with the inventors according to the formula provided in the IP Policy.