All research data, patents, software, designs, manuscripts, creations, etc. obtained and/or created by graduate students on University financial support are property of the State of Tennessee. All research data and other requested research findings must be submitted to the major professor before the student leaves the University. If any patents or publications are obtained directly from the student’s thesis, both the student and major contributing advisor(s) are credited and may receive a percentage of the profits or royalties realized. The University of Tennessee Research Corporation (UTRC) establishes policies governing patents.