UOW is known as a business-friendly organisation
At UOW, we are looking for ways to diversify our research pathways, discover new applications for research outcomes, understand industry needs to drive future research, and increase industry networks and engagement to benefit our researchers, students and our industry partners.
We are focused on growing our research
Except where the IP created is of no research interest (for example, in many consultancy agreements), at UOW we will seek IP arrangements which allow our researchers to access the IP created to grow our research.
We look for positive business outcomes
Our IP position is business friendly and recognises that businesses must have the IP rights they need to undertake their business. Positive business outcomes demonstrate research impact.
We want to maximise the impact from our research
If you, as a business, make limited use of the IP created in a project, then we may seek to reduce the breadth of the commercial rights granted, for example by limiting the “field” or “territory”. This allows for non-competing businesses partners to also access and create impact from the IP, whilst not affecting your own business competitiveness. To make this work, it is often preferable for UOW to be the IP owner, ensuring our business partners have the rights they need.
We are aligned to the national principles of IP management
At UOW we aim to approach our management of intellectual property in way which aligns with the National Principles of IP Management for Publicly Funded Research. Some grants which we may apply for, with you as our partner, require a specific IP position to be adopted. For example, ARC and NHMRC require adherence to the Principles under which the administering research organisation initially owns the IP.
We want our agreements to be fair
At UOW, we seek to reach a fair position in our IP negotiations. Where research is collaborative or where UOW is contributing significant background IP, in-kind or cash to a research project, then we will look to agree terms which will provide UOW with a fair share of future commercialisation revenues.