Industrial PhD candidates
Industrial PhD candidates are enrolled at the university and are employed by a private company at the same time. Therefore the industrial PhD candidate and the company enter into an agreement that addresses the industrial PhD candidate’s rights and obligations in relation to the company. It is, among other things, a question as to who should have the rights to the research data which the industrial PhD candidate produces, or to what extent the industrial PhD candidate must undertake to observe confidentiality regarding any matters he or she may discover as part of the project.
It is usually the company that prepares the draft employment contract. In practice, it often results in contracts which to a great extent transfers the industrial PhD candidate’s rights to the company, or which imposes far-reaching obligations on the industrial PhD candidate to observe confidentiality. This will often put pressure on the industrial PhD candidate to the detriment of his or her cooperation with the company. Also, it may affect the industrial PhD candidate’s freedom of research. It is therefore important both for industrial PhD candidates, companies and universities that the agreements which are concluded between industrial PhD candidates and companies are fair and balanced.
The UBVA has made a report on the issues which, in UBVA’s opinion, you should consider when companies and industrial PhD candidates enter into agreements on the latter’s rights and non-disclosure obligations.
You will find UBVA’s proposal for the formulation of such agreements at the end of the report.