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Intellectual Property

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is dedicated to teaching, scholarship, and the extension of knowledge to the public. Personnel at the College recognize as two of their major objectives the production of new knowledge and the dissemination of both old and new knowledge. Inherent in these objectives is the need to encourage the production of creative and scholarly works and the development of new and useful materials, devices, processes, and other inventions, some of which may have potential for commercialization. Such activities contribute to the professional development of the individual staff members involved, enhance the reputation of the College, provide additional educational opportunities for participating students, and promote the general welfare of the public at large.

Intellectual Property Policy:  ABAC 6.3.2:

The recently adopted ABAC Intellectual Property Policy states:

In accordance with policy of the University System of Georgia, Board of Regents, Section 6.3, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College establishes an Intellectual Property Policy that relies on, defers to, and abides by Sections 6.3.1 through 6.3.6 of policy of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

In accordance with the USG BOR policy and ABAC’s policy, “Faculty, staff, and students shall promptly report to the committee in writing, through the appropriate channels, all Intellectual Property invented or created by them that is reasonably likely to have commercial value” (USG, BOR Policy Manual 6.3 Intellectual Property and ABAC Policy Manual 6.3 the Office of Sponsored Programs and Intellectual Property).


Committee Members & Contact Information:

The ABAC Intellectual Property Committee is a Standing Committee of the College. The committee members are Dr. Erin Porter, Chair, Dr. Joe Falcone, Mr. Paul Willis, and Mr. Paul Williams. The Office of Sponsored Programs serves as the administrative home for the Intellectual Property Committee and is organized under the Office of the Vice President for External Affairs. All questions, comments, or claims should be directed to Mr. Paul Williams, Interim Vice President for External Affairs.

Students who believe they have a claim of intellectual property should visit the Office of Sponsored Programs located in the Alumni House for more information.

Students may also visit: to read more about the policy.