Intellectual Property Committee

Terms of Reference

The RMIT Intellectual Property Committee is formed pursuant to RMIT Statute No. 1, Part 10, Division 1 – Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Regulations, Part 2 – Intellectual Property Committee.

For more information, please see Intellectual Property Committee terms of reference (PDF 45KB).

Committee responsibilities

The RMIT University Intellectual Property Committee (the committee) is an advisory committee to the Vice Chancellor.

Membership and conduct of meetings of the committee are as determined by the committee’s terms of reference, as approved by the Vice Chancellor (via the Vice Chancellor’s Executive Committee (VCE)).

The committee is responsible for all aspects of University intellectual property and without limiting the generality of the same:

  • makes policy recommendations on intellectual property ownership rights between the University, its academic and research groups, members of staff and students, its commercial companies and parties external to the University including the division of any income derived from the commercialisation of intellectual property
  • recommends the extent to which the University will support the development of any intellectual property
  • advises and makes recommendation to the Vice Chancellor on progress towards intellectual property goals within the context of the University’s Strategic Plan
  • informs the Vice Chancellor on the activities of the committee
  • provides recommendation on the dissemination of material to inform the wider University community of any matters of intellectual property law, including for research, teaching materials, courseware and student assessment and monitors the effectiveness of such dissemination
  • informs the University community about intellectual property matters, and
  • recommends to the Vice Chancellor the establishment of a sub-committee to resolve any dispute submitted to it by a member of staff or student concerning:
    1. the ownership of intellectual property
    2. the division of any income arising from the commercialisation of intellectual property.
  • Where the sub-committee is unable to resolve any dispute submitted to it under sub-section 1.3(g) (described as 2.(4)g) under Intellectual property regulations), the staff member or student may appeal to the Vice Chancellor.

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