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The 1986 session of the General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia by adding Sections 23-4.3, 23-4.4, and 23-9.10:4 which require that each board of a state-supported institution of higher education adopt formal intellectual property policies consistent with guidelines developed by SCHEV. The guidelines adopted by the State Council in June 1987 stipulate that a State institution must: define the nature of the intellectual property it wants to own, if any; establish procedures by which the institution shall be notified by the creator of intellectual property within the purview of this policy; install procedures designed to protect and promote said property; when required, obtain prior authorization to transfer title to said properties from the Governor; and, submit an annual report including a quantitative listing of intellectual properties owned by the institution.

The VHCC Policy on Intellectual Property determines ownership rights and responsibilities regarding intellectual property produced by a student and/or an employee of the VCCS. The policy is subject to applicable law and guidelines issued by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV). The guidelines adopted by the State Council in June 1987 stipulate that a State institution must: define the nature of the intellectual property it wants to own, if any; establish procedures by which the institution shall be notified by the creator of intellectual property within the purview of this policy; install procedures designed to protect and promote said property; when required, obtain prior authorization to transfer title to said properties from the Governor; and, submit an annual report including a quantitative listing of intellectual properties owned by the institution.

VHCC’s Intellectual Property (Copyright & Patent) Policies and Procedures can be found in the Faculty & Staff Manual - 4.7.0.