Working with IZUNA :: Terms & Process
Applied research projects within IZUNA are carried out according to the terms of agreed contracts with clients. The contracts are drawn up by IZUNA business management staff in collaboration with the principal researcher and the client and they include detailed descriptions of the work to be done, work schedules, payment details, and the other terms and conditions under which the projects will be done.
IZUNA research contracts also contain certain provisions that may be somewhat different to those encountered in agreements between private businesses. These concern liability, indemnification, confidentiality, intellectual property and use of IZUNA's name.
One of the primary factors contributing to the continuing success of IZUNA’s applied research activities has been its employees’ ability to create novel intellectual property. In order to encourage and reward IZUNA’s creative researchers, the Institute is establishing an intellectual property policy that provides clients with access to this talent, as well as a royalty-based mechanism for sharing the financial successes that are achieved when the intellectual property created by IZUNA employees is utilized.
With a reputation for enabling applications through strategic use of existing and novel technologies, IZUNA optimizes and enhances technology to solve clients’ business needs. These improvements often make the difference in achieving success of a product. Participating in that success from an economic standpoint is an important factor in IZUNA’s mission as a polytechnic institution.
Research contracts, therefore, contain a provision that requires clients to appropriately mention IZUNA in their public announcements associated with the project, subject to prior IZUNA approval of the wording of the announcement or the use of the IZUNA marks and logos. Conversely IZUNA also recognizes the possible sensitivity of the client to release of its name, and the contracts therefore provide for reciprocal approval of publicity releases.