Although the research and teaching missions of the OIST Graduate University (the University) take precedence over development of intellectual property, the University recognizes that its teaching and research have the potential to generate an array of new ideas, processes, materials, devices and the like, which may be of benefit to the larger world as well as to the University.
Owners of qualifying new or novel ideas, processes, materials, devices, creations, and discoveries may be granted exclusive rights to use and commercialize their intellectual property. Thus, intellectual property has the potential to generate unrestricted income to support the University’s research and education. After its faculty, students, staff and other human resources, intellectual property is the University’s most important asset.
Consequently, all intellectual property (IP) conceived, created, developed, or first reduced to practice in whole or in part by members of the University’s faculty (including student employees) or staff in the course of their University responsibilities, or with more than incidental use of University resources (which may be the case with visiting scholars and others not in the University's employ), belongs to the University unless otherwise provided. All members of the University community are expected to preserve, manage and protect IP in the same manner as they would for any other University asset. Even an invention that may not be patentable for any reason may still be valuable and important - for example, as a trade secret or as technical "know-how."
It is University policy that royalties and similar remuneration deriving from its IP shall be shared with the inventor/author.
In addition to faculty and staff (including student employees), the provisions of the University's IP policy extends to:
- All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and
- Non-employees who participate in research projects at the University (e.g., visiting faculty, industrial personnel, fellows, etc.).