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Intellectual Property Rights Policy
Intellectual property, as used in this policy, is defined as the tangible or intangible result of scholarship, research, development, teaching or other intellectual activity. The term for the purposes of this policy, does not include traditional products of scholarship prepared for dissemination outside the Seminary Community, such as books, monographs, articles, reviews, works prepared for worship or use by a church or denomination, and works of art, unless LPTS commissioned the product.

Commissioned Work, as used in this policy, is defined as work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment or was work specifically ordered or commissioned by the institution, if the parties understand and agree in a signed agreement before commencement of the work that the work shall be considered commissioned work.

Intellectual Property and Rights to institutional works is retained by the Seminary. Institutional Works include works that are supported by specific allocation of LPTS funds that are created at the direction of LPTS for a specific seminary purpose or that are developed in the course of a project arranged, administered or controlled by LPTS or may have been created over an extended time by multiple authors, such as the Catalog, or the Seminary Mission Statement.

Application. This policy is binding on LPTS faculty, staff, and students as a condition of their participation in LPTS research, teaching, and service programs and for their use of LPTS funds, facilities or other resources.

Faculty. In keeping with our long standing practice, members of the faculty retain intellectual property to the work created during the course and scope of their  employment, including but not limited to copyrightable works such as books, articles, and artistic creations, unless the work is specifically commissioned by the Seminary. If a work is specifically commissioned by the Seminary, ownership of the intellectual property rights will be retained by LPTS unless negotiated otherwise by the faculty member and the Seminary on a case by case basis.

Student. Students shall retain intellectual property rights to all works created while enrolled at LPTS unless the works were specifically commissioned by the Seminary or, are institutional works as defined above.

Staff. While LPTS acknowledges that staff members may create intellectual works outside the scope of their employment, all works created by non-faculty employees during the course and scope of their employment are considered commissioned works. The Seminary retains ownership of all intellectual property rights to such works.

Binding Nature of the Intellectual Property Policy. This Policy is binding on LPTS faculty, staff and students as a condition of their participation in LPTS research, teaching and service programs and for their use of LPTS funds, facilities or other resources.
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