As a public learning institution, UM has always been regarded as a centre for cultivating ideas, innovation and ground-breaking achievements that spearheads further development for humanity. Therefore, it has been the university’s policy to encourage its researchers to classify their discoveries as Intellectual Properties (IP) to enable legal ownership protection and robust exploitation to the benefit of the public.

The University regards IP as knowledge and its application which includes rights known as IP rights which protect the applications and ideas derived from IP that holds commercial values.

This policy is intended to provide guidance for researchers regarding the principles of ownership, protection and exploitation of IP. This policy applies to all employees (full time and part time) and students involved in research activities. It is also specifically incorporated into all employees’ contracts of employment and any legal relationship between the University and its students.