Universities & Research
Universities & Research - Griffith Hack
|Development and protection of intellectual property (IP) in Universities presents a unique challenge due to the competing interests of researchers, the Universities themselves and the commercialisation partners required to bring new technologies to market. |
University researchers have an ongoing need to publish papers about their research in order to gain personal recognition, attract additional research funding and to facilitate the mutual sharing of information and collaboration that occurs with researchers in other institutions. This desire to publish, however, can conflict with the Universities’ interest in capturing the IP that is generated by their researchers, which often requires at least some delay on publication. Universities are increasingly interested in protecting their IP so that they can harness its value, both monetary and goodwill. Despite this interest, the capture and protection of IP in Universities is often constrained by budgets, particularly if the cost of protecting the IP in a research project is not planned for early. Further issues arise for Universities in protecting their interests in the increasing numbers of research projects which are jointly funded and carried out through for example Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) and Centres of Excellence (CoEs).
At Griffith Hack, we have a team of patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and lawyers who are highly experienced in working with Universities, CRCs and CoEs to balance these competing interests. We also recognise the need for and have assisted Universities, CRCs and CoEs with planning for the identification, capture and protection of IP early in a research projects including, setting budgets, conducting landscape searching and resolving ownership of the IP.
Please contact one of our experts as listed on the right for further information on our expertise in this industry.
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