The University of Tasmania (UTAS) seeks to drive innovative and useful outcomes for industry, society and the environment through the application of science and research. To maximise the impacts of that research it seeks the widest possible take-up of the potential benefits.
As the management of intellectual capital will vary from institution to institution the purpose of this document is to outline a set of principles that relate to how UTAS manages its IP in order to generate impact through the up-take, application and licensing of intellectual capital.
Intellectual property (IP) protection and management are strategic tools which can be used to maximise the impact of UTAS' research outcomes.
In managing its intellectual capital assets, UTAS will normally seek to identify and protect intellectual property that will support the achievement of impacts aligned with the University's strategy and the Acts that govern its activities.
This may include protecting intellectual property to facilitate follow on
investment or technology adoption, or protecting intellectual property that may
be used as a platform for multiple applications in such a way as to encourage
collaboration and commercial uptake.
Developing the University's IP strategy, negotiating commercial arrangements and managing IP is the responsibility of the Office of Research Services (ORS). Where third party organisations and/or industry have an existing relationship with research staff at UTAS, ORS will proactively include and liaise with those staff during the development of a transaction, however researchers are not delegated to develop or enter into agreements with third parties. Appropriately delegated officers within ORS will be assigned to work with you.
UTAS will manage its intellectual property strategically. This will translate to IP strategies that preserve greater choice in the future, including the consideration of options for making that IP freely or widely available.
In structuring IP ownership and access arrangements, UTAS will generally
seek to protect its IP broadly but in a fashion which affords us the ability to
offer our partners the opportunity to exploit IP in fields and jurisdictions
where they have demonstrated ability and capacity, but not further.
UTAS is cognisant however of the commercial expectation of our partners which fund our research, in relation to the extent of intellectual property rights (IPR) that they secure for sponsored research.
UTAS will work in good faith to identify equitable arrangements that recognises;
We will be transparent in our approach to IP management and policies. Our dealings in IP will be consistent with building our reputation as a high-quality research organisation. UTAS has obligations to comply with government policies and international protocols including respecting the IP rights of others.