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Do I keep intellectual property separate at this stage?

I have just came out of education to complete a PhD. I want to use the research to assist colleagues in schools. I am particularly interested in improving effectiveness in response to low level disruptive behaviour. My research tools are geared to enhancing teacher's professional development and they represent the core of my 'original contribution to knowledge'. As I have not submitted yet is it advisable for me to protect my intellectual property and licence it to the fledgling CIC or to show commitment by allowing it to be subject to 'assets lock?

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Comment by Sean Warren on May 28, 2012 at 11:47
Thank you John, seems reasonable, I will look into it.
Comment by John Mulkerrin on May 28, 2012 at 11:28

Hi Sean

One thought is to licence your IP to the CIC for an ongoing peppercorn payment/ one off nominal payment. That way you still own the IP and develop how you see fit and the CIC wont be exposed to the risk of you withdrawing use of the IP. 

Another is to look at how the CIC should be rewarded for its role in developing the value of the IP, for example you could split ownership of the IP 50-50 with the CIC, that way the CIC is involved and can benefit from the increased value it creates for the IP.



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