The following policies and agreements are often applicable to the Invention Management Office's activities.  For Intermountain Healthcare's employees and physicians, current policies can be obtained through the intranet in the Policy Library.

Policies, Guidelines, and Procedures

Intellectual Property Policy

This policy outlines the rules concerning ownership of inventions with respect to the employment status of the creators of the invention and their use of Intermountain Healthcare resources and facilities. As a general rule, Intermountain owns inventions made by its employees and affiliated providers while working for Intermountain or using Intermountain resources. Further, Intermountain respects the intellectual property of others.  When in doubt about this policy, please contact the Invention Management Office for assistance.

Intellectual Property Revenue Distribution Guideline

The Invention Management Office is generally responsible for managing the expenses and revenues associated with Intermountain Healthcare's inventions and their respective agreements. The Intellectual Property Revenue Distribution Guidelines provide guidance for the Invention Management Office to distribute revenues from license fees and royalties—minus any unreimbursed expenses—that are shared with the inventors. The inventors’ share of royalties for a licensed technology is divided equally among all of that technology's inventors unless all the inventors agree in writing to another distribution formula of their collective choice.

Conflict of Interest Policy

It is important to clearly define the scope of work with others to minimize any issues with your inventions at Intermountain Healthcare. If an employee or affiliated provider has an obligation to another employer or to an outside person or entity, or has any interest, that conflicts with Intermountain's intellectual property, then the employee or affiliated provider must disclose this conflict to the Invention Management Office as required by Intermountain’s Conflict of Interest Policy. If you have questions, the Invention Management Office is available for advice.

Information Technology Resources Policy

According to this policy, Intermountain Healthcare has ownership rights to intellectual property that is created from its information technology resources.  Further, Intermountain respects the intellectual property of others and prohibits piracy, infringement, misappropriation, or other violation of another's intellectual property. Licenses to Intermountain's information technology resources must be reviewed and approved by Intermountain. 

External Research Collaboration Guideline & External Research Policy

Any research or development activity at Intermountain Healthcare with a person or entity outside of Intermountain is governed by the policy and the guideline.  Various aspects of research administration are addressed, including compliance, financial, ownership of resources, and contractual concerns.

Copyright Permission Procedure

This procedure describes when and how Intermountain Healthcare obtains permission to use copyrighted works so that Intermountain employees do not violate copyright law.

Agreement Descriptions

License Agreement

A license is a written contract that grants permission by the owner of intellectual property to legally allow another party to use, manufacture or market the owner’s intellectual property. License agreements are typically in writing and describe the rights and responsibilities related to the use and exploitation of intellectual property. 

The Invention Management Office's license agreements usually seek to grant rights to use intellectual property in exchange for a reasonable return to Intermountain Healthcare. Per Intermountain's Revenue Distribution Guideline, a share of any royalty from a license may be provided to an inventor. In addition, inventors enjoy the satisfaction of knowing their inventions are being used in the marketplace to improve healthcare.

Confidentiality Agreement (CDA)

A CDA--which can also be called a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)--is often used to protect confidential information during evaluation by any person or entity outside of Intermountain Healthcare.  CDAs also protect proprietary information of third parties that Intermountain personnel need to review in order to conduct research or evaluate research opportunities, such as another company's clinical protocol. The Invention Management Office helps Intermountain review and prepare CDAs with others outside of Intermountain.

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) and Data Sharing Agreements (DSAs)

MTAs and DSAs are used for incoming and outgoing materials and data at Intermountain Healthcare, and are administered by the Invention Management Office. These agreements describe the terms under which materials and data are shared between Intermountain and others, typically for research or evaluation purposes. Intellectual property rights and patient information privacy right can be endangered if materials or data are used by others without a proper MTA or DSA. 

Inter-Institutional Agreements (IIAs) 

IIAs describe the terms under which two or more institutions (e.g., two hospitals) will collaborate to assess, protect, market, license, and share in the revenues received from licensing jointly-owned intellectual property. 

Research and Clinical Trial Agreements

Research Agreements describe the terms under which sponsors provide research support to Intermountain Healthcare. These are coordinated by both the Invention Management Office and Intermountain's Office of Research.

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