Intellectual property (or IP) refers to creations of the mind that are new and original, including inventions, novel applications of ideas, and written or creative works. Depending on the type of IP, an idea or creation may be protectable under copyright, trademark or patent laws.
The University has a responsibility to manage IP to harness our research impact, and maximise benefits to society, our research partners, and the University itself. IP is therefore one of the most important factors we consider when setting up contracts in relation to research projects. A research contract will usually specify ownership of any IP generated, along with who can use that IP in the future and any restrictions or obligations associated with doing so.
Each situation is unique, so there is no one way that IP is managed. If you have specific intentions or requirements in relation to IP management for a particular project, please speak to the Research Contracts team. A Senior Commercial Manager may also be able to assist you, particularly if the developed IP has potential commercial value, or needs to be formally registered.
You can access the Flinders Intellectual Property Policy here.
The University has specific procedures and requirements regarding the ownership of IP created by students. Students and their supervisors should familiarise themselves with the Student Research IP Procedures and Clause 4.4 of the Intellectual Property Policy as a basis for student-generated IP. These requirements may impact on contractual arrangements with third parties or the creation of potentially commercialisable IP, so please advise the Research Contracts team if any students are likely to develop IP on a project.
The Office of Graduate Research can assist if a student requires IP Counselling.