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Intellectual Property Deeds

Staff Intellectual Property

All ECU academic staff involved in funded research projects are requested to complete an Intellectual Property (IP) Deed confirming assignment of IP ownership to ECU. The Intellectual Property Deed for General Funded Research is a one-off, overarching Deed and is intended to apply for all future research projects in which you participate. For further information regarding intellectual property assignment at ECU, please refer to the Intellectual Property policy and Frequently Asked Questions on the Policies, forms and guides web page. Please read the Deed thoroughly to ensure you understand all the terms and consider obtaining independent legal advice. Please then print and sign the Deed, arrange witnessing, and return a scanned copy to research-grants@ecu.edu.au. ORI will arrange signing of the Deed by Director ORI and recording of the Deed.

Student Intellectual Property

ECU research students involved in funded research projects may be required to sign an individual IP Assignment Deed. The attached Student Intellectual Property and Confidentiality Deed is prepared for projects which are funded by external organisations. This Deed must be presented to the student by their supervisor, with instructions that before the student is asked to sign the Deed or allowed to participate in the project they are:

  • provided with an explanation of the nature of the third party research agreement and are able to raise any questions or concerns;
  • advised that they may speak with the Office of Research and Innovation about the Deed or related agreements; and
  • advised that they may seek independent advice about their own rights.

Please request the student to complete the first page, print and sign the Deed, arrange witnessing, and return a scanned copy to research-grants@ecu.edu.au. ORI will arrange signing of the Deed by Director ORI and recording of the Deed.

Staff Intellectual Property for a Specific Project

In certain circumstances ECU Staff may need to sign an additional Intellectual Property Deed for a Specific Research Project. The circumstances where this could occur include:

  • An agreement between ECU and another party for the project requires a specific assignment or licence of the copyright in your Scholarly Works or a waiver of your Moral Rights;
  • You or one of the researchers listed for the project is an employee of another institution or company; or they have another position including a visiting, adjunct, honorary or conjoint appointee at ECU or another organisation;
  • You are bringing background intellectual property which is not owned by ECU to the research project;
  • You are doing research on valuable intellectual property that belongs to ECU, and ECU wishes to confirm ownership of any improvements that you make to it; or
  • ECU may propose to commercialise the intellectual property.
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