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Research Legal Services

Research Legal Services (RLS) provides specialist legal services to support the University's research activities, research outputs (including intellectual property) and their translation into industry and the broader community. RLS also facilitates access to the University's expertise through consulting arrangements.

What We Do:

We work with University researchers, business managers and others to identify, advise and provide solutions on legal matters relating to the University’s research and consultancy activities in the following areas:

  • Research Grants

    RLS supports the Division of Research and Innovation and the Research Grants Unit (RGU) by providing legal advice and solutions and in drafting agreements in connection with major research funders and research collaborations. These activities include:

    • Membership of research consortia both nationally and internationally
    • Establishing strategic alliances, partnerships subordinate agreements
    • Support for international research engagements including establishment of Memorandums of Understanding and other collaborative research agreements with a broad range of companies and universities in accordance with the International Agreements Policy
    • Working with the RGU to complete funding and subordinate agreements across a range of schemes that includes:
      • State funding agencies such as the Department of State Development for projects of strategic interest to the State; eg. the Premier’s Research & Innovation Fund Program and Photonics Catalyst Program
      • Federal Government agencies such as Australian Research Council and its major strategic research programs including Co-operative Research Centres, Industrial Transformation Training Centres, Industrial Transformation Research Hubs and ARC Linkage projects
      • Research & Development Corporations such as the Grains Research & Development Corporation, Meat and Livestock Australia and others including subordinate arrangements
      • National Health and Medical Research Council including commercially focused Development Grants
      • Complex grant funding programs such as ARENA involving multiple parties, including advising on structuring of intellectual property ownership, commercialisation and governance arrangements.
    • Support for university research relationships with Health Area Networks and SAHMRI
    • Advising on compliance issues including with respect to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and other obligations
    • Reviewing and advising on clinical trials both university sponsored and industry sponsored
  • Contract Research and Consultancies

    RLS supports Research and Business Partnerships (RBP) through the provision of advice and other legal services with respect to contract research and consulting activities through which the expertise of University researchers is provided to government, industry and the community. These activities include:

    • Master services agreements and single consultancies
    • Establishing contract research agreements
    • Advising and structuring collaborative research agreements
    • Advising and drafting strategic partnerships with industry and various subordinate agreements
    • Supporting specialised business unit activities
    • Establishing access to University testing and analytical services
    • Advising on expert witness arrangements
    • Putting in place facility access agreements under which access to University research facilities is managed
    • Facilitating access to materials for research under Material Transfer Agreements
    • Supporting discussions around research projects and commercialisation through the protection of Confidentiality Agreements
    • Advising on the involvement of students and affiliates or visitors in research projects and preparing appropriate documentation
  • Commercialisation

    RLS works with Adelaide Enterprise (AE) in connection with the capture and translation of research outputs in the form of know-how, patented inventions, Plant Breeders Rights, copyright works including software and other forms of intellectual property. These assets are often used in contract and collaborative research, licensing or in establishing new spin-outs. These activities include:

      • Assisting with due diligence and securing ownership of intellectual property by establishing appropriate agreements such as IP assignments with third parties, staff or students as required
      • Drafting documentation to secure access to intellectual property that might involve joint ownership with a third party and documenting commercialisation arrangements
      • Advising on and preparing licensing agreements
      • Advising on inventor distribution agreements
      • Drafting and reviewing documentation for the creation of start-up companies including Shareholders Agreements, Subscription Agreements, Constitutions
      • Reviewing and advising on Agreements relating to venture capital investment in University IP
  • Students and Intellectual Property

    RLS advises schools and other Divisions within the University on a range of undergraduate student projects as well as assisting the Adelaide Graduate Centre in relation to intellectual property related matters involving PhD students and Masters by Research. This includes:

    • advising on industry funded student support in the nature of top up and full scholarships
    • advising on the requirements for Student IP Deed Polls to secure IP assignments and embargoes on students’ theses
    • drafting agreements to record ownership of intellectual property with a student’s employer
    • drafting visitor agreements for students from other universities
    • putting in place confidentiality and data access agreements to assist HDRs (in particular to access commercially sensitive data for student projects)
  • Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd

    Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd (ARI) was the commercial development company of the University of Adelaide until 1 July 2016 when a decision was made to bring ARI into the University.  The University established two offices, namely Research and Business Partnerships and Adelaide Enterprise to undertake activities previously conducted by ARI.

    The ARI company is still in existence and the University has agreed that ARI will be required up until 2020.

    In the meantime RLS continues to support the Board which comprises the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy) and the Chief Finance Officer and the Chief Operating Officer, ARI.

For more information
Responsible Lawyer Portfolio Phone
Georgia Sherry
Special Legal Counsel and Team Leader - Research Legal Services

Special Projects
Waite Research Institute
Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing
Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd

+61 8 8313 6099
Debra Hassen
Legal Counsel (Research)
Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences
Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP)
Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources
Faculty of Professions
+61 8 8313 7655
Lisa Twigden
Legal Counsel (Research)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Robinson Research Institute
+61 8 8313 6357

Oana Manole
(0.6 FTE)
Legal Counsel (Research)

Faculty of Arts
Environment Institute
School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences
School of Agriculture Food & Wine
School of Physical Sciences (except for CNBP and IPAS)
School of Biological Sciences
0488 103 708

Evyenia Walton
(0.4 FTE)
Legal Counsel (Research)

General support as required across all portfolios allocated by Team Leader. 0412 135 052

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