New guidelines for utilization of research findings
New guidelines on intellectual property and corporate partnering came into effect at KI in January. It is hoped that the new rules will make it easier for researchers and staff to proceed correctly when utilising research findings for commercialisation and when collaborating with industry.
Since much of the research at KI is conducted in collaboration with the private sector, there needs to be clear rules governing intellectual property, such as inventions, texts and calculations.
“It is important that research findings from KI are put to the benefit of patients and society,” says KI pro-vice-chancellor Karin Dahlman-Wright. “We hope that these new guidelines will help towards this end and make things easier for those involved.”
The aim of the new guidelines is to clarify how intellectual property, material and resources resulting from research and education at KI are to be properly managed and utilised of commercialisation purposes and in collaboration with industry.
“There has been some confusion about what applies over and above the Professor´s privilege, which is regulated in law,” says Tor Regberg, who is responsible for drafting the new rules. “In essence it will be possible for individual researchers to commercialise all intellectual property provided that KI retains the right of use.”
Guidelines governing corporate alliances are already in place, but the new ones have been made clearer and linked to the ownership of intellectual property. They address the basic principles of collaborating with the private sector and what has to be borne in minde when entering into a collaboration agreement or research contract with a company. They also deal with conflicts of interest, labour law and the reporting of secondary occupations/sideline activities.
“The older guidelines needed to be updated to reflect current rules and how KI collaborates today,” says Helén Törnqvist, head of KI’s Legal Office.
The new guidelines came into force on January 1.
“The guidelines are meant to be a support for all the university’s employees, especially researchers, teachers and doctoral students,” says Ms Törnqvist.
Text: Karin Montgomery
Intellectual property is defined in KI’s new guidelines as “property that has or is entitled to intellectual property rights, such as patent, copyright, trademark or design protection”. It can also comprise the product of intellectual endeavours, such as inventions, texts, calculations and drawings.