Can University students share in returns from commercialisation successes if they make an inventive contribution?

Yes, students who have contributed to the inventive step of a technology can gain a share of revenue distributions if they assign their IP to the University. IP assignment is an important step because it is difficult for WaikatoLink to commercialise projects that aren’t 100% owned by the University. However, the upside of students’ assigning their IP to the University is that they receive a share of revenue payments if the project is successfully exited by WaikatoLink.