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Patent Ownership Flowchart

  1. You contributed to an original, creative (non-patentable) work.
  2. Did you grant a third party interest in the work?
    1. If yes, a third party may own the work. 
      1. The University my pursue rights from the third party to use the work.
    2. If no, go to step 3.
  3. Is it an institutional work?
    1. If yes, jump to step 5.
    2. If no, go to step 4.
  4. Is it computer software?
    1. If yes, jump to step 5.
    2. If no, you own the work.
      1. The University retains the right to use the work.
  5. WVU is the owner of the invention Proceed to step 6.
  6. Submit an invention disclosure.

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