Protection of Intellectual Property
Protection of Intellectual Property is important to both our academic and industrial users. Binghamton University employs a flexible policy which protects the intellectual property of our users.
1. The ADL Laboratory User Program
All direct use of the ADL Laboratory by an external organization is through the Lab User Program. Under this program, external users obtain equipment time in the Lab. Neither University nor the Research Foundation of SUNY would make any claim to a company’s intellectual property based solely on their use of the facility, provided that the Lab Application is signed by the user’s organization prior to such use. As a user facility, the ADL will provide equipment access and staff support on the equipment. It is expected that companies bring their own skilled scientists to work in our laboratory alongside our technical staff. Under this agreement, users keep the details of their specific projects confidential, and do not ask for assistance in developing intellectual property. No help other than assistance by the Lab’s technical support staff will be provided to users utilizing this approach.
In addition to the ADL Laboratory, Binghamton University has many other items of instrumentation on campus which may be available to external organizations on a fee basis. Further information on these facilities is available by contacting the ADL Laboratory Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Sponsored Research
When companies collaborate with Binghamton University faculty and students on specific projects, with the goal of sharing expertise, a sponsored research agreement is recommended. Any new intellectual property developed under these agreements, using Binghamton University facilities, is owned by the Research Foundation of SUNY and the company sponsor is given an option to negotiate an exclusive license to any developed technology.