Questions tagged [intellectual-property]

Questions regarding the legal ownership of information and intellectual output.

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How can I protect a course I created independently from being taken by the community college I substitute for, when I am about to teach it there?

I have created a course independent of the community college I substitute for. I contacted the CE department about a year ago to see if my course would be something I could offer as a CE course at the ...
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Publishing someone else's thesis work without their consent

Finished my MRes recently. My supervisor has told me that their ex-PhD student (graduated a year and a half ago) had some results in their thesis that they hadn't published. He asked me to complete ...
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What to do with my ideas as an undergraduate

Long time lurker first time poster (to this specific Stack Exchange that is). I think its best to start with some context: I am currently an undergraduate student at a fairly decent computer science ...
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What is the least amount of effort needed to ensure no copyright issue of using online pictures in lecture notes/slides

I have noticed that in many university's course notes/slides, particularly those in the CS department, and in particular those dealing with computer animation/graphics, a large amount of instructors ...
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Is it possible to publish without adviser?

I participated in an exchange programme as a PhD student for 1 year in another country. The very moment I got in the new institution I signed a contract according to which I have no intellectual nor ...
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Copyrights of recorded lectures? [closed]

Most universities around the world are now requesting their lecturers to record lectures and post them on a repository. In my university, we use Moodle to store and share video recordings. My question ...
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Can a non-enrolled/non-registered student use the instructor's intellectual property under fair use? [closed]

What is the transaction being made by paying tuition at most US colleges/universities? Are you paying for the time spent teaching, the price of education/intellectual property, or the diploma itself? ...
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Could lecturing from a textbook constitute copyright infringement?

If a course instructor closely follows a textbook when delivering a lecture (e.g. even listing the subsection they're discussing) could they be in violation of copyright law? What if they upload the ...
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To what extent can I refer to closed-access reviewer comments in my public task management workflow?

I have written and submitted a manuscript to a journal owned by Oxford University Press. This manuscript describes the associated source code, which is stored in a public GitHub repository. The ...
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If a research project leads to potential financial benefits, who owns such benefits?

I am deciding if I should follow the academic path or work in industry. One of the perceived benefits of academia is the ownership of your own work, be it papers or patents. I want to know how much ...
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Can my old supervisor publish my work without my say so

So I completed my PhD in Jan this year and have graduated. Since then I have left academia/research and ended up in a regular job I love despite it being something that is unrelated to my PhD. My ...
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Taking money for your research outputs?

As an academic working at a university, is it wrong to (personally) accept money for your research outputs? Would this be a bargain you would be happy to take? EXAMPLE: Suppose you are a Mathematician ...
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Are there universities with policies that default intellectual property decisions to faculty?

For context, at a US-based institute there is a typical business-like policy stating intellectual property developed by faculty is owned by the institute. Likewise, faculty are required to submit ...
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Disagreement over how much IP to put in paper

Apologies if this is not the correct site for this- I work in a research lab that is in a kind of grey zone between academia and industry and I can't tell from the help centre if this would be ...
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Is there a repository for copyrighted academic video lectures?

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread out everybody’s moving to teach online. Would it be possible to post online my video lectures, without sacrificing copyrights, i.e. posting them with a warranty that (...
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Getting proper credit for a paper: author order

I am a PhD student and I submitted a paper formally co-authored with my advisor months ago. The core idea of the paper is mine. During the first (major) revision, among other much needed, yet very ...
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Do I have to acknowledge the company where I started a project when I later publish related research in college?

I completed an internship at a company. During the internship I worked on a generic and publically well-known problem statement and delivered its solution to the company. After the internship, I ...
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Advisor professor asking me for the source code of my dissertation in order to be used by another student

I finished my master's degree (Computer Science) a short time ago, and I don't currently plan to continue my academic studies. My adviser asked me for the source code of the application I developed ...
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Ethics of patents for research work funded by tax money

My academic research supervisor is asking me to write a patent that he is self-funding, with potential private commercial interests and benefits. I am also directly involved in the work that is ...
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Is it appropriate for a professor to require students to sign a non-disclosure agreement before being taught?

There's a professor at my school that claims to be writing a book. He is requiring students to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before certain lectures because he wants to maintain certain ideas ...
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Commercial company wants me to list all prior “inventions”, give up everything not listed [closed]

I'm a post-doctoral researcher in computer science, but my next position will be in industry. I've been negotiating a contract with this commercial company to do R&D work (not while I'm employed ...
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does conference presentation topic need approval from PI

I want to present a piece of work done with a former PI in a conference. If I go to this conference, I use my own funding. Do I need this PI's approval to allow me to present this work in that ...
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What can I do with a research project that is my university’s intellectual property?

I'm working on a final year project on software development. I intend to publish it as a research paper on computer science, but the university says that it will hold intellectual-property rights (IPR)...
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When data is required to be submitted, is it before publishing the paper or after paper is published?

Shall I submit all my data and models to my supervisor before publishing the paper or after the paper is published? I want to submit my data and models after paper has been published, atleast abstract ...
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Can I release my drawings with creative common licence before using them in non-open access journal or proceedings?

I spend quite a lot of time drawing images for my research projects, I really don't like that when the editor publish these images I lose the rights on them. So usually I release them on the web under ...
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Project guide asks for authorship without any contributions – how to proceed?

Our computer-science curriculum mandates that we produce a paper about a research project: We set the topic. We get a professor assigned as a project guide. The paper has to be published at a peer-...
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Should I copyright my notes?

I generate detailed notes throughout the school year to help out the students. Most of these notes are in the range of 30 - 50 pages. I wonder if I should attempt to copyright my notes to ensure ...
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Should I send professors money for illegally downloading their books? [closed]

I illegally download almost all the books I need for my studies. While I'm more than happy to give a middle finger to the publisher mafia, it does of course mean that the author of the book is not ...
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Private company using my dissertation [closed]

Context: I work for a small private company in the US energy sector. Recently, my colleague found an application opportunity for the tool I developed as my PhD dissertation. We tested it out with a ...
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Including cartoons in lecture notes?

I would like to include some cartoons in my lecture notes, just to spice up things a bit and relax the atmosphere before moving to serious stuff. However, I am not sure if there is any issue with ...
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Preparing lecture notes and references?

I am a new teacher/lecturer in science, and I am preparing lecture notes for my module. I am putting together a lot of material coming from textbooks as well as borrowing material from other lecture ...
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My supervisor published part of my research without informing me

While working on my PhD I have diverged from the area of expertise of my supervisor and other people in the group. In particular that allowed me to find a near solution to a problem that was not ...
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PhD intellectual property

The Australian government pays for the research study fees. Who will, in such case, have the intellectual property rights for the research: the PhD student or the university?
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Reproducible science: do entities exist requiring Level 3 of TOP standards?

Quite many (if not most of) scientific articles, related to computational sciences, which I have seen, do not share both data and code leading to the figures. This may have of course good reasons ...
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Advisor trying to patent an idea for himself even though we wrote the paper together!

My advisor is trying to patent an idea without me. I got to know that he is registering the patent through the IP officer at our University. When I asked him about it, he did not give me a straight ...
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(Soft question?) Sharing knowledge to students, what are the limits?

I am an undergraduate lecturer. I have been bothered by this question lately. I never and never want to claim that what I know, or even what I discover, is mine. Also, things that I discover, small ...
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Authorship when PhD project given to new post-doc?

I'm in the mid stages of my PhD, working on 3/4 of the components of a major project in our group. A post-doc has just started working on the remaining 1/4 using protocols I established (to keep our ...
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Looking for an example or draft of an IP-related agreement for industry employment

Researchers which start doing industrial work while continuing independent research are in a delicate position with respect to the part of their contract/employment agreement governing "intellectual ...
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Intellectual property of computer program of another authors equation?

When transfering a rather complex equation from another authors published article, to a computer programming language such as R, does the intellectual property of the script itself belong to the ...
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While in Phd I developed a lot of code that I want to turn into start-up. Can I do this?

I was working 3 years on a project, that I came up with on my own, worked on my own, published 2 papers on it. I want to drop out of Phd (or take leave) and do start up at this point using my code. ...
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What is the right way to patent an idea under PhD studies?

Let us assume that a phd student has discovered a brilliant idea during his/her phd studies and that the idea has not been published or presented yet. How can that student protect the idea under a ...
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What is the difference between patents and research articles? [closed]

Both patents and research papers are the original works of the author which are never attempted by any other person in academic domain. So what distinguishes a patent from a research article ?
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Advice about the copyright in research work as a research associate [duplicate]

I need advice regarding the copyright of the work done as a research associate. I am working for a university as a research associate and my principal investigator insists on publishing my work ...
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What are the default copyrights/IP restrictions for a work I post online?

Suppose I've put a PDF with an paper or treatise I've written, but not yet properly published, somewhere online. This place is not some document repository or a site that has some specific copyright ...
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Can I work on open-source projects while being a part of an academic institution?

I'm working on a software framework with the goal of creating something that is open-source, so that the scientific community can use, understand and improve it freely. However, a little birdie told ...
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Using a case study without company's permission

In addition to academic work, I have done private work in industry that is directly related to the material I'm presenting. For one of my lessons, I would like to do a case study, where I take a ...
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Negotiating the intellectual property of a (US) industry contract

I'm finishing a post-doc and possibly going (back into) industry, but with the intent to continue research and publish papers and FOSS software. I know that hi-tech companies typically give you this ...
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Who holds the copyright if I did research at one university and write a thesis at another?

I worked for a research project on the migration of a prototype to a low-level consumable solution. I am also co-author of a paper that describes the math used for that project (my contribution was ...
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Ask opinion about situations in which researchers/non-researchers get involved in projects (externally) and the best way to avoid strange situations

I'm junior researcher so I'll appreciate your understanding on my very short 'experience' for the things I'm going to explain: I'd appreciate your comments regarding two relatively similar situations ...
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Do you need permission to use readability formulas in research?

I am considering using the Gunning Fog Index and the Flesch Reading Ease to calculate variable information for my dissertation. Do I need to obtain permission from someone to use these formulas? In ...