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More details regarding reporting intellectual property can be found here. You should be aware that public disclosures of inventions can decrease the value of the inventions and could prevent the University from being able to patent the invention. Before you disclose any invention, we recommend that you arrange to discuss it with BD&TT.

This will depend on the circumstances of its invention or creation. We suggest that you contact BD&TT or Legal Services to discuss further.

This may depend on the circumstances of its invention or creation- we suggest that you contact a Lawyer in the Research Office to discuss this further. For more information about student ownership of intellectual property generally, see the section of this site regarding student ownership of intellectual property.

This will depend on who owns the intellectual property you have created in the course of the first project, and whether or not that intellectual property is also confidential. The Research Office has copies of all the terms applicable to each research or consultancy project. In the first instance, you should contact the Contract or Project Officer responsible for managing the first project.

An IP register is a document that records all intellectual property created or contributed to a particular project. It is often required by funding bodies and CRCs. If you have any doubts as to what is required under the terms of the agreement, you should contact the Contract or Project Officer responsible for managing the project.

Disclosures of inventions can decrease the value of the invention and could prevent the invention from being patented. Before you disclose any invention, we recommend that you arrange to discuss it with BD&TT.

The University's Copyright Website contains more information in relation to copyright and the use of copyright material. You may also wish to contact the University's Copyright Officer.

Please visit the Assigning IP page.

Usually these types of contracts contain conditions on the use of intellectual property. Only the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) has delegation to sign contracts relating to intellectual property on behalf of the University. The University needs to ensure that these terms and conditions are consistent with our terms of agreement with the project funding body and your use of the equipment/ materials in the course of the project. The Research Office has copies of all the terms applicable to each research or consultancy project. In the first instance, you should contact the Contract or Project Officer responsible for managing the project.

For more information regarding the way the University splits commercialisation income, see Commercialisation Revenue and Proceeds.

"Moral Rights" include an author or performer's right to have their work or performance attributed to them, not subjected to derogatory treatment as well as not being falsely attributed to someone else. It is not possible to assign moral rights, however sometimes a funding body requires that the University obtain the consent of its employees to infringe some or all of their moral rights. The University will always try to avoid accepting such an obligation.

Where it is not possible to avoid accepting this obligation without compromising the project funding, the University will ask staff involved in the project to sign moral rights consents. The University will always encourage you to seek legal advice in relation to the moral rights consent terms. If a staff member, non-employee or student does not agree to waive their moral rights as required by the funding body, the University may not be able to allow them to participate in the project.