Forms that protect IP rights

All forms are available at the MIT TLO office, Room NE18-501, or you can print a copy from the links below and mail it to our office.

Please use the online disclosure form to submit invention disclosures.  

If you have any questions regarding these forms, please call 617-253-6966 or stop by NE18-501 for more information.

Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreements (IPIA)

MIT Employees & Graduate Students

Per federal regulation (35 U.S.C. § 206 (the "Bayh-Dole Act"), 37 CFR 401), and consistent with MIT’s obligations to its research sponsors, all persons participating in MIT research must execute an IPIA which presently assigns the inventor’s entire title and interest in certain inventions to the Institute. Versions of the IPIA drafted post-April 2010 meet this requirement. Those persons having executed an IPIA drafted prior to that April date will be asked to sign a current version. MIT’s Intellectual Property Policy and the TLO’s own Guide to the Ownership, Distribution and Commercial Development of MIT Technology carefully detail which inventions might be owned by the Institute.

Visiting Personnel & Students

All Visiting Personnel and Students (professors, scholars, and research affiliates) who are involved in research at MIT are required to sign a Visiting Personnel and Students Invention and Proprietary Information Agreement. We would appreciate it if the appropriate form could be completed either before the arrival of the Visiting Personnel or Student, or within the first week of his/her arrival.

Visitors to the MIT Media Lab Inventions & Proprietary Information Agreement

Visiting persons to the MIT Media Lab, who are not supported by a Media Lab Member company, should complete this version of the Visiting Personnel Agreement.

Member Company Visitors to the MIT Media Lab Inventions & Proprietary Information Agreement

Visiting persons to the MIT Media Lab, who are supported by a Member Company, should complete this version of the Visiting Personnel Agreement.

Other Forms

If you hold equity in a company with which MIT has a license agreement you must fill out a Conflict Avoidance Statement.

Submit the Thesis Waiver form if you feel MIT cannot or should not claim copyright ownership to your thesis. MIT does not assert rights to your thesis if it was authored without sponosored research funds and without significant use of MIT administered facilities/funds. Please note that any such waiver of the Institute's copyright shall be subject to a royalty-free grant from the student to the Institute to publicly distribute copies of the thesis, in whole or in part.

On occasion, if you and an outside organization want to share information with one another that is confidential you may need a Non-Disclosure Agreement.