Intellectual Property

Development and commercialization of intellectual property at Middle Tennessee State University is one of the responsibilities of the Office of Research. The staff of the MTSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee (IPAC), and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) work together to accomplish the mission, guided by the vision and values of the ORSP pertaining to intellectual property development and commercialization.


To educate the university community about intellectual property, encourage faculty, students, and staff to develop and refine commercializable ideas, facilitate protection of IP developed by university employees alone or jointly with collaborators, and transfer the benefits of the IP to the public through commercialization.


To nuture a culture of discovery and innovation in which creation of intellectual property and its subsequent commercialization are a recognized and valued aspect of the research enterprise.


To implement the goals of the University's Academic Master Plan related to the IP&C mission with the following values:

  • Excellence in research, scholarship, and creative projects
  • Productive internal and external collaborations and partnerships
  • Success in academic and professional careers of faculty and their students
  • Opportunities for student-centered learning