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If a company or any external organization collaborates with a University to fund research - perhaps even open a lab - who owns the intellectual property (IP) of anything that results from that research? Is it the company, the university, or both?

Do cases like these affect IP ownership:

  • the university buys equipment/pays its professors and student researchers with money granted by the company
  • the company uses equipment and funds available at the university to conduct research?

1 Answer 1

It should be negotiated and specified in a written contract. Each contract could be different.