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The FFC – Intellectual Property Policies and Principles

  1. The BHU Future Farming Centre (FFC) and all parties working with it will ensure that any relevant cultural, Treaty of Waitangi and Māori issues relating to intellectual property rights (IPR) are properly taken into consideration.
  2. In most instances the FFC operates in the public good environment with intellectual property (IP) placed in the public domain.
  3. IP produced by the FFC could remain private (non-public) when that IP was the result of contractual work paid for by third parties, at the request of the third party.
  4. IP produced by the FFC could remain private if there was a particular requirement, e.g., research is ongoing, or for Journal publication requiring no prior publication in any form.
  5. Where third parties have a right to ownership / or have assignment of IPR then agreement will be reached at the start of work on ownership and/or assignment.
  6. All third parties and FFC staff involved in work with potential IP generation will be advised of the potential value of the IP.
  7. All third parties and FFC staff will be advised of any possible confidentiality issues relating to IPR.
  8. All projects will include a review process to identify protectable and potentially valuable IP associated with commercial activities and to protect existing IPR.
  9. The FFC will provide guidance on the prompt disclosure and resolution of potential conflicts of interest concerning the generation, ownership, management and use of IPR.
  10. The FFC will satisfy all legal and regulatory obligations in regard to IPR.

    The FFC commits to best scientific conduct including human and animal ethics requirements.

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