Unless otherwise noted, to the extent permitted by applicable law or any agreement, and without prejudice to the right of the inventor, all Technology and/or Intellectual Property conceived, first reduced to practice, authored or created, in whole or in part, by one or more members , sponsored affiliates, or commissioned entities, during their stated responsibility to Alfaisal University, and/or with more than incidental use of Alfaisal University facilities or resources, is the property of Alfaisal University.
Exception for Traditional Academic Works
Subject to any agreements with third-party sponsors and collaborators, members of the ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY Community shall own all rights to their Traditional Academic Works. However, ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY shall have a perpetual, non‐ exclusive, royalty free license to use such Works for research and educational purposes.
All published works of authorship shall bear a copyright notice composed and affixed in accordance with Saudi Arabian law and international copyright treaties to which Saudi Arabia is a signatory. ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY ‐owned materials shall bear the notice: ([year of publication]) Alfaisal University. All Rights Reserved; or such other notice, as may be required by law. No other academic division, research center or other name may be used in the copyright notice, although the name and address of a ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY may be listed below the notice.
If any member of the university community accepts to join it, He agrees that this policy will apply to him.
The TTO is responsible for all aspects of managing the University intellectual property. TTO&IP staff are always available to discuss the intellectual property implications of work and to provide guidance and answer questions with respect to the University Intellectual Property Policy, as well as the ins and outs of disclosure, evaluation, patenting and licensing.
Title to such Technology and/or Intellectual Property shall be assigned to Alfaisal University immediately upon conception, reduction to practice, or creation.
Alfaisal University ownership excludes prior work, e.g., Intellectual Property owned prior to joining Alfaisal or prior to engaging in work with Alfaisal University. However, where prior work is used towards work at Alfaisal University, funded or otherwise, the inventor must grant Alfaisal University, an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide right to the use of the Intellectual Property.
Towards this end, newly recruited members shall disclose all owned prior work to the TTO&IP within one month of joining Alfaisal University, regardless of expected use or further development while at Alfaisal University.
By law, Alfaisal University ownership further extends to any Intellectual Property conceived, first reduced to practice, authored or created, in whole or in part, by one or more members of its members, sponsored affiliates, two years after departing Alfaisal University. Towards this end, a departing member shall disclose any pending work as part of any exit procedures.
Whereby the Intellectual Property was developed by an employee without the support of Alfaisal University, and where the development is not made during the employee’s working hours at Alfaisal University, the Intellectual Property becomes the property of the employee. In such cases, the employee may seek Alfaisal University’s support to fund the protection and/or the commercialization of the Intellectual Property, and the Intellectual Property will be subject to assessment by Alfaisal University.
After assessment, if Alfaisal University decides not to pursue protection, commercialization or support of an invention, and where the interests of a third party are not infringed upon, Alfaisal University’s interests shall be released to the inventor provided that the university has the right and authority subject to an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide right to the use of the Intellectual Property.
Further elaborations on ownerships are discussed in the section on Framework for Engagement with Third Parties.