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A “Safe Harbor” consulting agreement allows a researcher to consult with a non-university entity in situations where the subject of the consulting is not based on a prior invention of the researcher or in the area of researcher’s past, present or anticipated future university research. All terms of the consulting agreement are to be negotiated between the researcher and the company without either Yissum’s or the university’s involvement. A Safe Harbor consulting agreement also assumes that the researcher will not use university facilities or researchers or rely on the assistance of other university staff or students to perform the applicable consulting activities. These assumptions allow the entity to own all new intellectual property developed by the researcher arising from the consulting work without concern that Yissum or the university will make any claims to full or partial ownership.
Any researcher wishing to provide consulting to a non-university entity must also apply for and receive university approval of such activity.
Implied Know-How License & Consulting Agreement
An Implied Know-How License and Consulting Agreement is used in situations that would normally be handled by a Safe Harbor agreement, but where the company wants the extra assurance of a non-exclusive license to a researcher’s Know-How previously developed during the researcher’s career at the university. For an annual fee payable to Yissum, the company is granted a non-exclusive license to the researcher’s background Know-How and also receives full ownership of any new IP developed by the researcher in the course of the consulting relationship.
Implied Know-How License
Any researcher wishing to provide consulting to a non-university entity must apply for and receive university approval of such activity.