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Research Week: Copyright, Commercialisation & IP

by Ashley England @ UTS Library

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It was really interesting.
Who knew copyright, commericalisation and IP would be so fascinating?

Educational Purposes does not include publishing.
In hindsight, this seems rather obvious. If you publish any part of someone's work that is more than 50 (or was it 100) words you need to have written permission from the copyright holder. Also the copyright holder may not be the author. This whole process of written permission can take quite some time, so Matthew recommends factoring it into your project planning at the start of your project. This is doubly important as Publishers are starting to have authors sign waivers that indemnify them against any future litigation. This means that you would be the one taken to court, not the publishers.

Assign = Buy rights for life
You know how I said above that the copyright holder might not be the author? It's also good to know that when you publish a journal article you publishers will often have you assign copyright of your work to them when you sign a contract. Pay attention to your contract as it's possible to add author rights clauses that give you additional rights, including publishing your work in our institutional repository.

IP is complicated
Understatement of the century. Make sure you come back to see David's talk because I can't really do it justice here. Not only is it complicated, but it also costs a lot of $$. All the work is performed by David's Team and UniQuest taking the burden off the Researcher.

The university is not out to steal your inventions
Even though the University owns the IP, you are ALWAYS listed as the inventor, and any net profits made from your invention will be split equally between you, your faculty and the university.

Shhhhhhhhhhhh it's a secret
Or is should be if you would like a patent. If you have disclosed your original idea to anyone you will not be able to get a patent. This means that you probably shouldn't publish journal articles about it before you get the ok from RIO.

Creative Commons Licensing
We love Creative Commons licenses at the Library, it's part of UTS' policy that we disclose anything that could be commercialised to RIO ASAP. This helps the uni make money to fund future research projects. The majority of the time things may not be commercially viable and could be made available on a CC license. Just ask them first.

What do you need to do?
See Peter's presentation for the practical things a researchers can do to make the most $$ out of their ideas. From checking free patent sites to see if your idea is original, to writing notes in pen in your UTS journal. Everything must be dated in case you need to prove your idea in court.