Supervisor responsibilities relating to intellectual property

Research higher degree supervisors have a particular responsibility to inform prospective and current students about the terms of any 'specified agreements' associated with their research.

The University owns the rights to all IP created by students working on projects governed by the terms of 'specified agreements' (ie: agreements between the University and an external organisation that relate to the ownership or use of IP). This includes grant funding bodies, or public and private sector organisations funding contract research at the University.

Research higher degree supervisors have a particular responsibility to inform prospective and current students about the terms of any 'specified agreements' associated with their research, discuss how IP and any rights to commercialisation will be managed in that context, and ensure that students agree to the terms and responsibilities of their involvement.

Discussion topics

Specific topics for discussion between such students and their supervisors might include:

  • What background IP is needed and available for the project?
  • Does the project require the use of IP owned by others?
  • How will culturally or commercially sensitive IP be handled?
  • What action may be required to protect IP being developed during the project?
  • What are the obligations to disclose inventions?
  • How will people's input on a project be acknowledged?

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