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credit: depositphoto.comThe CODER Consortium is a group of corporate and government partners that provide financial support to the center through an annual membership fee.  In return for this support, members of the consortium receive the following benefits:


  • Access to information on CODER Member Access pages
  • Free license to use software products developed by the Center
  • User support for software in accordance with the CODER Membership Agreement

Research and Development

  • Priority consideration for partnering on major R&D proposals
  • Opportunity to influence the direction of CODER research
  • Opportunity to monitor ongoing research projects
  • Opportunity to submit research proposals for CODER research agenda
  • Immediate access to results of CODER Consortium research projects
  • Immediate access to CODER inventions


  • Free attendance for Member employees to technical review meetings
  • Priority enrollment for Member employees in short courses, workshops and seminars
  • Discounts on CODER conferences, courses, workshops and seminars

Cooperative Programs

  • Participation in cooperative programs with the University
  • Assistance with recruiting CODER graduates, or general assistance with recruiting University of Maryland students
  • Representation on the Advisory Board**

**Each Full Member may appoint one voting member to the Advisory Board

Software and Materials Policy

The use of Materials and Software developed by CODER is available to Members of the CODER Consortium according to the terms and conditions of the CODER Membership Agreement.  Members can download, install, and utilize the CODER Software and access the Members' only area of the CODER web site.

Copyright and Patent Procedures

CODER follows the Copyright and Patent Policy approved by the University of Maryland's Board of Regents.

The Policy on Copyrights, approved by the Board of Regents on May 31, 1990, governs intellectual property rights in materials subjects to copyright protection.

The Policy on Patents, approved by the Board of Regents on May 31, 1990, and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Procedures on Patent and Technology Transfer, approved by the President on August 1, 1991, govern intellectual property rights and procedures for applying for patent protection in inventions conceived of and developed at or in association with the University.

All material generated by CODER is owned and copyrighted by the University of Maryland. CODER encourages Members to work with CODER investigators to help identify and develop publications and presentations to disseminate the copyrighted material.  With regards to intellectual property, CODER investigators will pursue intellectual property protection on any material that is perceived to have commercial value.  CODER will inform members of all intellectual property disclosures at the annual meetings or through email. CODER Members are encouraged to work with CODER investigators to intellectual property in the development of new products and services.

Publications Policy

Publication of results and finding from CODER Consortium Research Projects outside of the Consortium sponsored meetings will be withheld until six months after the completion of the project.  Exceptions to this policy can be sought at a CODER Advisory Board meeting.  An exception will be granted so long as there are no objections.

CODER investigators seeking to use Member specific material within a report or presentation will work directly with the Member who provided the material.  The Member has up to ninety (90) days to review a report or paper prior to submission for publication or public presentation for the inclusion of proprietary and confidential information provided by the member and request the deletion of such information or a delay in publication so that the Member may take appropriate steps to protect its rights in such information.  Any concerns by a sponsor regarding publication must be communicated in writing to the Director of the center within sixty (60) days of receipt of the advance copy of the publication.

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