As one of the means to embody the goals of foundation, "For the world, for the people and for the community, our foundation strives to develop specialists with science-based practical skills who play an important role in society," Josho Gakuen Educational Foundation (hereinafter referred to as "Josho Gakuen") actively takes on itself the obligations of returning research results of its group universities of Osaka Institute of Technology, Setsunan University, and Hiroshima International University (hereinafter referred to as "Group Universities") to society at large and contributing to society through its professional expertise. The Intellectual Property Basic Act enacted in 2002 also provides:, "In light of the fact that their activities contribute to the creation of intellectual property in society as a whole, Universities ,etc, shall endeavor voluntarily and positively to develop human resources and disseminate research and research results."
Thus, it is essential to organically combine the three functions, namely, the pursuit of truth (research), the impartment of the truth to students (education), and the effective use of created intellectual property for society (social contribution), and properly protect, manage and use the created intellectual property through intellectual property rights. Josho Gakuen intends to help vitalize education and research activities of the faculty by systematically addressing the realization of the cycle of creation, protection, management, and use of intellectual property and promote intellectual property-based social contribution activities through the dissemination and use of research results.
This policy is applicable to all faculty members of Josho Gakuen. While the policy is not applicable to students' ordinary research activities at each Group University, it will apply to students in the following cases: Even in these cases, Josho Gakuen and Group Universities shall exercise caution so that students' rights to education and freedom of choice may not be impaired.
(1) Cases where students concluded a contract with or made a pledge to Josho Gakuen regarding the application of this policy;
(2) Cases where students work for Group Universities under the employment contract with Josho Gakuen.
This policy shall be effective on April 1, 2009 (revised March 25, 2011). It will not apply retroactively to cases that happened before the date (excluding the intellectual property rights that already belong to Josho Gakuen). The policy shall be reviewed on an as-needed basis while considering changes in society and the environment surrounding Josho Gakuen and Group Universities.
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