The client consulting process involves several steps and deliverables:
Ownership of deliverables is maintained by the sponsoring companies.
One of the most frequently asked questions asked by prospective sponsors is related to intellectual property. The University of Arizona respects the intellectual property ownership rights of its sponsors and will not seek to own the sponsor’s IP provided to the students or IP that the students may conceive or create during the course of the project. However, if the sponsor is a University of Arizona employee(s) then the IP will be owned by the University of Arizona or student per the UA IP Policy.
Background IP provided by any sponsor, including University of Arizona employee/employee-group sponsors, such as IP surrounding the sponsor’s ideas, written words/code, products, or processes that existed before the submission will remain the property of the sponsor or UA, as the case may be. All patentable and copyrightable IP conceived or created during the execution of projects will also be the property of the sponsor, unless it is expressly donated to the public or the students.
Prior to engaging in a project, students will be informed of their obligation to assign project IP to the sponsor. Students who do not wish to assign IP to the sponsor will be asked to work on projects that do not require IP assignment. Sponsors outside the UA should supply an intellectual property form approved by their company to students for signatures if it is necessary. University of Arizona sponsors will be provided a University of Arizona assignment form that students will be asked to sign.
More information on the UA IP Policy can be found at http://policy.arizona.edu/research/intellectual-property-policy.
Our student body is made up of a diverse set of international and domestic students. Due to this we can only accept a limited number of ITAR-restricted projects in any given year. We will work with clients to determine if a project can be staffed appropriately based on any staffing restrictions under which the client operates. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project further.
The KickOff Meeting is held at the beginning of the semester. It is the first opportunity for clients and student teams to meet face to face. At this mainly student-led meeting, the students work with the clients to narrow down the scope of work into actionable milestones.