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Intellectual Property and Copyright

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and International is responsible for developing and implementing the USP policies on intellectual property.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) refers to intellectual property “as creations of the mind; it embraces inventions, literary and artistic works and symbols, names, images and designs used in commerce. IP can be owned and sold, leased (licensed), damaged and infringed upon”.

As an institution of higher learning, the University of the South Pacific is mandated to both teach and conduct research. Both of these core activities generate intellectual property; teaching involves staff preparing original course materials while research, by definition, involves new discoveries and knowledge breakthroughs.

Copyright refers to a set of exclusive rights specifically granted to authors and creators of original literary works (including computer programs), course materials, dramatic works, musical works, artistic works, films, sound recordings, television and radio broadcasts, industrial designs and published editions of works that are expressed in tangible or material form.

As a researcher, you are required to refer to the University Intellectual Property and Copyright Handbook and Policy. The Handbook is available in both print and electronically.

The following web sites have general information useful for University researchers;

  1. http://www.wipo.int/ipadvantage/en
  2. http://www.uspto.gov/blog/feedback

You can download the policy details and relevant forms to complete from the links below;

  1. IP & Copyright Policy: A Handbook for University Staff and Students
  2. IP & Copyright Disclosure Form
  3. Sample Agreement of Assignment Form