Code of Conduct and Intellectual Property

The University of Melbourne is committed to the highest standard of integrity in research. The University's Code of Conduct for Research sets out the obligations on all University researchers to be aware of the ethical framework governing research at the University and to comply with institutional and regulatory requirements.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) represents the property of one's mind or intellect; one's knowledge, discoveries and inventions, in material form. IP takes many forms, including 'know-how,' trade secrets, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, circuit layouts, reports, publications, and literary and artistic works. With the exception of copyright and circuit layout rights, which are automatic, one must take formal steps to register IP and obtain the legal rights of ownership. You should consult the Melbourne Research Office's website for more information.

Student owned intellectual property

A student at the University of Melbourne automatically owns any IP they create relating to their studies unless IP ownership is governed in some way by a third party agreement. For instance, a student may publish any discrete, 'stand alone' material that has been independently developed and is not subject to an agreement with an external organisation. The University would not expect to receive any royalty from such publications, even if University equipment has been used. Most students in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences will, however, be working as part of a research team and it's likely that their work will be governed by a third party.

Team-based work

Students working on team-based projects, on collaborative projects with their supervisors, or on ongoing programs in large research centres (such as CRCs) need to be aware of the IP rights and responsibilities of all those involved. In many cases, considerable intellectual input from the supervisor has already been placed in developing a grant application before a research project commences. In such cases, the rights associated with joint contribution need to be respected, and staff and students should ensure that IP matters are discussed, defined, agreed and documented prior to project commencement. This will also help should you leave the University.

Students based at outside organisations

Research students based at 'approved outside institutions' (e.g. a designated medical research institute, CSIRO, etc.) will be asked to sign the University agreement covering IP and other rights and will be bound by the policies of the host institution.

Learn More

Code of Conduct for Research

University webpage on intellectual property