Legal advice on a research project

Staff in professional support services are available to assist you with any legal enquiries you have around your research project, from your legal obligations to IP issues. The IP and Legal team should be consulted before any research funding agreement is signed.

Click the links in the boxes below to find further information relating to these activities and who to contact. 

Advice and research to manage complex legal issues

Further information

The IP & Legal team can provide advice and undertake legal research to manage complex legal issues, for example EU State Aid, export control, or commercial disputes. 

Key contacts

Matthew Just

Matthew Just 
Matthew.just@york.ac.uk
Legal Manager
01904 435191

 

Confirm compliance with University's grant submission policy

Review contracts to protect both the University's interest and academic freedom

Research funding applications impose contractual obligations on the University and academic staff. The IP & Legal Team help staff to understand these obligations and how they might affect their research while protecting the University's interests. 

Support available

Key contacts

Matthew Just

Matthew Just 
Matthew.just@york.ac.uk
Intellectual Property and Legal Manager
01904 435191

 

Legal review of contract for signing

The IP and Legal Team review all research-related contracts as part of the research grant submission process. All research-related contracts should be reviewed by the legal team to ensure the University and staff are able to understand and meet their contractual obligations. 

Key contacts

Matthew Just

Matthew Just 
Matthew.Just@york.ac.uk
Legal Manager
01904 435191

 

Protect Intellectual Property (IP) for use in the public, private and third sectors

Further information

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce. These creations need protection when engaging with external parties to ensure they are not reproduced or devalued and that the owning parties benefit from their use. 

A variety of mechanisms can be used for this protection, including patents, copyright and confidential know-how. 

The IP & Legal team can advise on the best methods for protecting intellectual property. 

Key contacts

Matthew Just

Matthew Just
Matthew.just@york.ac.uk
Intellectual Property & Legal Manager
01904 435191

Advice relating to access to genetic resources

The Nagoya Protocol is an international agreement establishing a legal framework to govern access to genetic resources, and ensure that benefits arising from the use of these resources are shared fairly.

The IP & Legal team can provide expert advice to manage any issues relating to access to genetic resources. 

The High Value Chemicals from Plants Network, based at the University of York and led by Professor Ian Graham, has developed training materials on the implications of the Nagoya Protocol and can provide some basic advice on whether activities might fall within the scope of the Regulations. Contact Network Manager Dr Wendy Lawley x8834).

Key contact

Matthew Just

Matthew Just 
Matthew.just@york.ac.uk
Legal Manager
01904 435191