Intellectual Property

R&D activities may result in the creation of new intellectual property that may benefit the community and society. UTAR Intellectual Property Policy establishes a clear framework for the encouragement of discoveries of new knowledge and the development of new IP.



UTAR places high importance and value on research and development activities whether conducted by UTAR staff, or in collaboration with third parties. Recognising that these R&D activities may result in the creation of new inventions, technologies and discoveries which may have potential benefits to the community and society at large, UTAR has established a clear framework for the encouragement of discoveries of new knowledge and development of new intellectual property.

UTAR Intellectual Property (IP) Policy aims to achieve the following:

  1. To establish and enhance the environment and incentives for the creation and development of new knowledge, innovations and inventions at UTAR.
  2. To recognise and protect the interests of individual creators, relevant sponsors of research and scholarships as well as UTAR's creative efforts.
  3. To optimise the commercial advantage of the new knowledge, inventions and the Intellectual Property for the mutual benefit of all involved.
  4. To bring the fruits of such research and development into practicable use for the benefit of society as effectively and quickly as possible.

UTAR staff can obtain a copy of UTAR's Intellectual Property Policy (POL-DCC-002) through Web 2. This policy covers both UTAR staff and students, including adjunct, visiting and other fixed term or temporary appointees. Additionally, the policy applies to consultants and other persons generating IP in collaboration with UTAR staff or students, or are engaged by UTAR to undertake a specific activity. UTAR's IP Policy shall covers, but not restricted, to the following type of IP:

  • Patents
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Industrial Designs
  • Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits
  • Plant Varieties
  • Tangible Research Property
  • Know-how and Confidential Information or Trade Secrets

Intellectual Property Management Committee

The Intellectual Property Management Committee (IPMC) ensures that the inventions and creations of UTAR staff and students are managed efficiently and to provide optimum benefits to UTAR and the inventors. The responsibilities of IPMC are:

  1. Formulation of guidelines for UTAR IP policies and to ensure the implmentation of such policies for the Senior Management Committee (SMC).
  2. Commercialisation of research findings after SMC's approval.
  3. Consider and recommend any MoUs and agreements pertaining to research collaboration and commercialisation activities for President's approval.

Department of Consultancy and Commercialisation

To assist IPMC in performing its responsibilities, the Department of Consultancy and Commercialisation (DCC) shall conduct the following functions:

  1. Formulate plans and strategies for IP development and management.
  2. Coordinate the implementation of IP policy and strategies.
  3. Conduct preliminary assessment and evaluation of inventions.
  4. Negotiate, manage and protect UTAR IP rights, benefits and contracts.
  5. Optimise the commercialisation of inventions and enhance business development.
  6. Upkeep and manage an IP Database.
  7. Provide IP training, promote IP awareness, publish and distribute IP materials.
  8. Monitor any infringement activities and enforce the rights of the University.