Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory masthead LBNL Home A-Z Index U.S. Department of Energy logo Phone Book Jobs Search

RPM

REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES MANUAL

Search the RPM
 
Home

Patents - Publication Clearance Policy

    Title:

    Patents – Publication Clearance Policy

    Publication date:

    12/3/2012

    Effective date:

    2/1/2008

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    All publications – whether written, oral, visual, or electronic – describing technical or scientific work by Berkeley Lab employees and affiliates or done with Berkeley Lab facilities must be be reviewed and cleared by Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management (TTIPM) prior to publication. Exceptions include restricted disclosure to certain government and University of California personnel or entities covered by a confidentiality agreement signed by TTIPM.

    Publications include written reports submitted to professional or scientific journals, oral and written conference presentations, abstracts, Ph.D. theses, and any other material presented that may contain patentable invention information.

    Who Should Read This Policy

    This policy applies to all employees and affiliates, especially researchers and other technical staff, including those who work part time or have a faculty appointment.

    To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page

    Contact Information

    Report Coordination
    RepCoor@lbl.gov

    Title:

    Patents – Publication Clearance Policy

    Publication date:

    12/3/2012

    Effective date:

    2/1/2008

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    The purpose of patent review before publication is to ensure that all inventions created under Berkeley Lab's contract with DOE have been reported and, if appropriate, protected for future commercialization. This pre-publication review is not intended to be the primary means to identify Berkeley Lab inventions. Possible inventions should be reported to TTIPM on a Record of Invention (ROI) form before the material is ready for publication so that valuable patent rights will not be lost.

    B. Persons Affected

    This policy applies to all employees and affiliates, especially researchers and other technical staff, including those who work part time or have a faculty appointment.

    C. Exceptions

    Restricted disclosure to certain government and University of California personnel or entities covered by a nondisclosure agreement signed by TTIPM.

    D. Policy Statement

    1. Prior to publication or an oral presentation, authors must submit all documents describing scientific or technical work by Berkeley Lab to TTIPM for a patent review and clearance. Authors must submit those documents to TTIPM through Report Coordination. The following do not require patent review and clearance: restricted disclosures to federal government employees subject to the Trade Secrets Act and University of California personnel, or publication or presentations covered by a nondisclosure agreement signed by TTIPM.
    2. The types of documents that must be reviewed for patent clearance (to determine whether any unreported patentable inventions are described) include not only Berkeley Lab written reports, but also the following, whether made public in written, oral, visual, or electronic form:
      1. Articles to be submitted to scientific or professional journals
      2. Oral and written conference presentations (e.g., slides or viewgraphs) or posters
      3. Abstracts
      4. Ph.D. theses
      5. Any other material that could contain invention information
    3. While the pre-publication patent review is intended to ensure that all Berkeley Lab inventions have been reported to DOE and, if appropriate, protected for future commercialization, the ROI form is the primary means for identifying a Berkeley Lab invention. Inventors must complete an ROI form before the material is ready for publication so that TTIPM will have time to ensure that valuable patent rights will not be lost.

    E. Roles and Responsibilities

    Role

    Responsibility

    Inventor/Author

    • Submits the manuscript or other form of scientific and technical document, such as reports, journal articles, abstracts, poster presentations, and theses to Report Coordination through the Reports Database/Report Coordination Management System
    • Reports possible inventions before the document is ready for release or publication by submitting a Record of Invention form to Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management

    Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management Patent Attorney

    Reviews the manuscript or other document .

    Report Coordination

    • Collects scientific and technical documents to be released or published by Berkeley Lab
    • Ensures that scientific and technical documents comply with DOE and Berkeley Lab requirements
    • Upon approval by the Patent Attorney, assigns an LBNL publication number to the document
    • Disseminates the document for open access to Science.gov, DOE's Office of Scientific and Technical Information Web site, and the California Digital Library's eScholarship collection

    F. Definitions/Acronyms

    Term

    Definition

    Invention

    A new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement that is patentable under the laws of the U.S. or a foreign country. Certain software may be a patentable invention.

    Inventor

    A person who conceived or contributed to the conception of an invention

    Nondisclosure Agreement

    A legal contract between at least two parties that outlines confidential material, knowledge, or information that the parties wish to share with one another for certain purposes, but wish to restrict access to or by third parties. The recipient is typically prohibited from disclosing the confidential information except to those within the recipient organization with a "need to know," subject to certain common exceptions or time limits. A nondisclosure agreement is also called a "confidentiality agreement" or a "proprietary information agreement."

    Record of Invention

    The form the inventor(s) completes and submits to Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management to report an invention

    Patent Attorney

    An individual who is a member in good standing of the bar of any U.S. court or the highest court of any state and who is registered to practice before the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office

    Policy

    Statements or directives from the federal, state, or local government; the University of California; or Berkeley Lab senior management that set a course of action, define acceptable conduct, or implement governing principles. Example: Berkeley Lab Site Access.

    Publications

    Publications include written reports, articles submitted to professional or scientific journals, oral and written conference presentations, abstracts, Ph.D. theses, and any other material presented that could contain patentable invention information.

    TTIPM

    Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    All publication requests are tracked online in the [Reports Database/ Report Coordination Management System
    maintained by the IT Division and Report Coordination.

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

     

    Report Coordination Management System online submission

    Process

    I. Contact Information

    Report Coordination
    RepCoor@lbl.gov

    J. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) affected

    Change Type

    1/2/2012

    0

    H. Clark

    Re-write for wiki (brief)

    All

    Minor

    12/3/2012

    1

    R. Chiang

    Re-write for wiki (policy)

    All

    Minor

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Patents – Publication Clearance Policy

    Document number

    10.04.002.000

    Revision number

    1

    Publication date:

    12/3/2012

    Effective date:

    2/1/2008

    Next review date:

    12/3/2015

    Policy Area:

    Intellectual Property

    RPM Section (home)

    Info Management

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    Asset Management

    Functional Division

     

    Prior reference information (optional)

    RPM Sections 5.02(F) and 5.03(B)(2)

    Source Requirements Documents

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231, Clause I.97( c)(5), DEAR 970.5227 –10 Patent Rights – Management And Operating Contracts, Nonprofit Organization or Small Business Firm Contractor, Aug 2002

    Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

     

    Report Coordination Management System online submission

    Process

    • No labels

    Adaptavist ThemeBuilder EngineAtlassian Confluence