Intellectual Property ownership
UEA asserts its right to ownership of Intellectual Property generated by staff in the course of their employment, in accordance with the provisions of the Patents Act 1977 and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
Patents Act 1977 - Section 39
An invention made by an employee shall be taken to belong to his employer if it was made in the course of normal duties of the employee or specifically assigned duties in circumstances where an invention might reasonably be expected to result.
Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 - Section 11 (2)
Where a literary (includes computer programs), dramatic, musical or artistic work is made by an employee in the course of his employment, his employer is the first owner of any copyright in the work subject to any Agreement to the contrary.
Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 - Section 215
Where a design is created by an employee in the course of employment, his employer is the first owner of any design right in the design.
The University's ownership rights may be subject to the terms and conditions of any research contract or materials transfer agreement relevant to the Intellectual Property concerned.
IP regulations for staff and students
Should you have any questions regarding these regulations please contact your Project Officer and we will be happy to help.