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409-Intellectual Property Rights - a

  • 400 Series: Personnel
409-Intellectual Property Rights - a
Rationale Date Approved/Revised
The purpose of this policy is to identify and reserve the proprietary rights of the school district to certain publications, instructional materials, inventions, and creations which employees may develop or create, or assist in developing and creating, while employed by the school district.
  • 4/22/08
  • Revised: 9/25/18
  • Revised: 5/21/19


1)                General Statement of Policy            


Unless the employee develops, creates or assists in developing or creating a publication, instructional material, computer program, invention or creation entirely on the employee’s own time and without the use of any school district facilities or equipment, the employee shall immediately disclose and, on demand of the school district, assign rights to the district during the term of employee’s employment and for ten years thereafter.  In addition, employees shall sign such documents and perform such other acts as may be necessary to secure the rights of the school district relating to such publications, instructional materials, computer programs, materials posted on websites, inventions and/or creations, including domestic and foreign patents and copyrights.    


2)            Notice of Policy


The school district shall give employees notice of this policy by such means as are reasonably likely to inform them of this policy. 

Adoption and Revision History

Incorporated Policies

Policy 409


Replaces Policy:  None identified

This policy adopted:  June 10, 1997; Rescinded:  August 5, 2008


Policy E-060.1


This Policy Adopted:  April 22, 2008; Revised:  September 25, 2018

MSBA 409


This Policy Revised:  May 21, 2019



Administrative Rule, Regulation and Procedure: NA 


Legal References:                Minn. Stat. § 181.78 (Agreements; Terms Relating to Inventions)

                                             17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq. (Copyrights) 

Cross References:              None