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Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

The CSU mission is to advance and extend knowledge, learning and culture, especially throughout California. To​​ provide opportunities for individuals to develop intellectually, personally and p​rofessionall​y. As part of its mission, CSU aims to promote an academic environment where creative works, innovation, and entrepreneurship are encouraged and supported. This mission is guided by well-established academic values and practices, including, among others, academic freedom and with it the privilege t​o generate and disseminate new knowledge. To that end, CSU is committed to the development of policies and procedures to help support the creation, dissemination and commercialization of intellectual property.

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Copyright protects tangible forms of creative expression, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, pictorial, and other intellectual works.

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A form of intellectual property granted to an inventor, a patent essentially acts as a government-sanctioned monopoly on a new invention for a limited period of time in exchange for disclosing the invention to the public.

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A trademark typically protects brand names and logos, including words, phrases, symbols and designs. Similar to service marks, the term “trademark” is often used to refer to both.

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Technology Transfer

Technology transfer, the process of moving knowledge and intellectual property rights from one person or organization to another, plays an instrumental role in economic growth around the world.

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Export Control

Export Control is the set of laws, policies, and regulations that govern the export of sensitive items for a country or company.

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Campus Incubators

As part of its mission, CSU aims to promote an academic environment where c​reative works, innovation, and entrepreneurship are encouraged and supported.

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This website offers training, policies and links to other CSU and other resources.

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Questions about copyrights, patents or other intellectual property matters? Contact one of our Research offices, libraries or campus counsel.

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