Using our tools

The York JEOL Nanocentre offers open access to industry with published terms and conditions.

Utilisation of Core Tools and Industry First Policy

The York JEOL Nanocentre operates on the following basis:

  1. The 5 Core Tools are under the direct control of the JEOL Professor of Electron Microscopy and the Co-Director who will allocate time on the machines according to the following priorities:
    1. Fully funded industrial users will have priority in order to fulfil the turn around time commitments.
    2. Joint Industry/Grant (e.g. LINK projects) funded work will have second priority to meet project plan obligations.
    3. Funded grant work (e.g. EPSRC) will have third priority to meet project plan obligations.
    4. Unfunded research work will use remaining time available.
  2. The Director will maintain a two week rolling use plan for the Core Tools updated weekly.
  3. Work in categories 1(iii) and 1(iv) may be rescheduled to accommodate work in category 1(i).
  4. Work on Associated Tools, not located in the Nanocentre building, will remain under the control of the academic in whose laboratories they are based. Access to these tools will be scheduled by the relevant academic.

Intellectual Property policies for use of Nanocentre tools

Intellectual Property policy

The Intellectual Property (IP) policy below forms part of the contractual arrangements between the University of York, Yorkshire Forward and JEOL UK Ltd and of the standard terms and conditions for third party users. Work in the Nanocentre is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Intellectual Property sharing arrangements

The York JEOL Nanocentre is a joint venture between the University and JEOL UK Ltd with extensive support from Yorkshire Forward and through them from the European Union. The underlying principle is that IP relating to operation of the core JEOL tools will rest with JEOL in return for their investment, except as may be separately negotiated. IP generated by other users of the tools paying the full commercial rate for the service rests with that third party. Where other IP is generated by University users not associated with the operation or development of the core JEOL tools it belongs to the University, as it does for other tools, under the usual University arrangements.

  • IP associated with the development of techniques, processes or procedures involving the JEOL tools undertaken by JEOL staff using the time reserved for JEOL use will remain the sole property of JEOL UK Ltd.
  • IP generated by University staff involving the JEOL tools in non-JEOL time associated with hardware or software modifications to the tools that affects their intrinsic operation will be the sole property of JEOL UK Ltd.
  • Any procedures, processes or techniques developed by University staff during time allocated for fundamental University research using the JEOL tools shall have the IP resting solely with The University of York. The University of York will offer first refusal to JEOL UK Ltd. to take ownership of such IP on normal commercial terms.
  • IP generated by third party users of the JEOL tools in the Centre, who pay full commercial rates, shall be owned as follows :
    • Where the IP is associated with hardware or software modifications to the core (JEOL) tools, it shall be owned in equal shares by the user and JEOL UK Ltd
    • Where the IP is associated with materials, processes, structures or devices applications using the core tools, the IP will rest solely with the third party.
    • other circumstances will be subject to negotiation between the parties
  • IP generated via collaborative projects which are wholly or partly funded by public monies (e.g. DTI Link Projects, projects funded by EU programmes, Research Councils etc), will be covered by the IP arrangements in the funding programmes.
  • Where no IP arrangements are defined, specific negotiations will be undertaken between the third party, The University of York and JEOL UK Ltd.