Lanier Technical College encourages the development, writing, invention, or production
of intellectual property designed to improve the productivity of the College or
to enhance the teaching/learning environment. So that the College may fully utilize
all works produced for it and provided for its use, an employee or student producing
work for the College or its use represents and warrants that such work meets the
Intellectual property includes but is not limited to any copyrightable subject matter
or materials, patentable invention, on-line course, computer software or materials,
or works of art that might be normally developed on a proprietary basis. Intellectual
property also includes the common meaning, definition, and description of intellectual
property as established by the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code).
Intellectual property may also include intellectual or creative works that can be
copyrighted or patented such as literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works,
computer software, multimedia presentations, and inventions.
- Does not violate any law
- Does not violate or infringe on any intellectual property right of any person or
- Does not libel, defame, or invade the privacy of any person or firm.
Unless otherwise provided in a separate agreement, the College owns all rights to
a copyrightable or patentable work created by the employee or student with the support
of college resources. Ownership refers to a legally binding agreement specifying
the named party or parties to whom the intellectual property belongs and who will
be attributed as the owners of the intellectual property in the general public.
College resources include but are not limited to offices, computers, standard office
equipment and supplies, libraries, funds, and personnel.
The ownership of a copyright or patent resulting from the development of intellectual
property and any rewards or recognition attributed to the copyright or patent will
be determined according to the following conditions:
Any employee or student of Lanier Technical College must obtain the express approval
of the President prior to the development of intellectual property if there is any
question pertaining to ownership.
- Ownership resides with the employee or student if all of the following criteria
- The work is the result of individual initiative and not requested or required by
- The work is not the product of a specific contract or assignment made as the result
of employment or enrollment with the College
- The work is not prepared within the scope of the employee's job duties or course/program
requirements and is not performed during regular working hours
- The work is not completed using equipment, facilities, or resources provided by
- Ownership resided with the College if any of the above criteria are not met and/or
if any of the following criteria applies:
- The work is prepared within the scope of the employee's job duties or course/program
- The work is the product of a specific contract or assignment made in the course
of the employee's employment or student's enrollment with the College
- The development of the work involved facilities, time, and/or resources of the College
including but not limited to released time, grant funds, college personnel, salary
supplement, leave with pay, equipment, or other materials or financial assistance
In cases where the President determines that intellectual property issues pertain,
the President shall contact the Commissioner of the Technical College System of
Georgia (TCSG), who shall, per TCSG Policy II.E.1, Intellectual Property, and Procedure: Development of Patentable Devices/Materials or Copyrightable
Materials/Media by Technical Collge/Department Personnel, appoint a
committee to make a recommendation on the rights and equities appropriate to the
cast at issue.