Consulting and Intellectual Property

Outside professional activity of CU faculty often takes the form of faculty consulting. Such consulting that does not interfere with teaching and research obligations is encouraged by the university. Faculty consulting provides opportunities for university researchers to confront "real world" challenges, identify and work with practicing industrial collaborators, and contribute expertise that helps fuel economic development. Consulting agreements, however, if not handled properly, can create risk as well as conflict with prior obligations of the faculty to the University of Colorado.

While CU supports faculty consulting relationships that do not conflict with the faculty’s obligations to the university, the university cannot assist faculty in the contracting process beyond guidance on conformance with university policies such as intellectual property and conflict of interest. Expand the box below to view the issues that most frequently arise with consulting agreements.

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