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Intellectual Property


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Paul Musille Sept. 11, 2017, 12:57 p.m. PDT
@Mike Callaghan
The relevant passage in the legal agreement is as follows:
"To receive a Prize, Finalist must agree to grant The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) an irrevocable, royalty free, perpetual, sublicensable, transferable, and worldwide license to use and permit others to use all or any part of the submission including, without limitation, the right to make, have made, sell, offer for sale, use, rent, lease, import, copy, prepare derivative works, publicly display, publicly perform, and distribute all or any part of such submission, modifications, or combinations thereof and to sublicense (directly or indirectly through multiple tiers) or transfer any and all such rights. Notwithstanding granting the Challenge Sponsor such license for any Intellectual Property demonstrated by the Submission, Finalist retains title (e.g., ownership) of such Intellectual Property."

The last sentence confirms that IP is retained by the submitter.

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Mike Callaghan Sept. 5, 2017, 10:03 a.m. PDT
A question regarding the IP terms. If you enter and are awarded a prize, my understanding is you agree to grant SOCOM a licence to use your submission for any and all purposes. This would include anything you develop using the prize and anything you include in the submission that was developed before you were awarded the prize.

This implies that the organisation submitting an idea retains ownership of all IP in the submission and that we can continue to use what is included in the submission ourselves. This point is however not clearly spelt out -
could you please confirm that the submitting organisation retains ownership of all IP in the submission, and that the licence granted is a non-exclusive licence?