Research at AMA University and Colleges

Recognizing research’s integral role in an educational institution, AMA University and Colleges
are geared toward the improvement of the institution’s research productivity. The research
programs strongly support research undertakings that encourage and allow the members of the
academe – both faculty members and the students – to produce scholarly output within and
outside of AMAES.

Its commitment to develop research culture and quality research output is evident in the
mission and vision statement that AMAES has articulated.


AMAES envisions to become a global leading center for research on
computer science and information technology, while being among the
leading research centers on engineering, business management and
administration, and health sciences. The institution will help translate
academic knowledge into workable tools for success and development
in the private and public sector.


It is the mission of AMAES to generate, synthesize, and transmit
knowledge for and about computers and information technology
resulting in quality learning. It serves as a catalyst in assisting scholars,
educators, and practitioners to develop research, teaching, and
leadership capabilities in school and non-school settings.

The different Institutions under AMAES are charged with the development of research-oriented
faculty and students; encouraging creative endeavors and intellectualism; and recognizing
research talents of the highest distinction by providing incentives for scholarly achievements.

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Intellectual Property Policy

01 Introduction:

AMA University and Colleges as an institution of higher learning is committed to provide an
environment that encourages and supports scholarly work of its faculty members, students and
staffs while ensuring the identification and protection of their rights and the rights of the

As the University acknowledges the need to provide governing rules for the matter, the policy
was made, consistent with the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (Republic Act No.
8293) which defines Intellectual property (IP) as “any creation or product of the human mind or
intellect. It can be an invention, an original design, a practical application of a good idea, a mark
of ownership such as trademark, literary and artistic works, among other things.” (IPOPHIL)

The term “intellectual property rights” consists of:
a. Copyrights and Related Rights
b. Trademarks and Service Mark
c. Geographical Indications
d. Industrial Designs
e. Patents
f. Lay-out designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits
g. Protection of Undisclosed Information (n, TRIPS).

02 Purpose

The provisions of this IP Policy have been established for the management and protection of
Intellectual Property of AMAU/AMACC students, faculty members and support staff.

Specifically, it aims to:

1. Provide the guidelines and procedures for the protection of intellectual properties (IP);

2. Provide a mutually beneficial reward scheme for the creators of IPs and AMAU/AMACC
in relation to the financial gain resulting from technological transfer and/or

3. Set standards for determining the rights and obligations of AMAU/AMACC,
creator/authors, and the sponsors with respect to the IPs created at the university;

4. Strengthen academic research initiatives of AMAU/AMACC; and

5. Enhance the reputation of AMAU/AMACC as an academic research institution that
pursues the highest ideals of scholarly activities and that confers the benefits of these
scholarly activities on the community.

03 Coverage

This policy shall apply to all faculty members, students, researchers, administrative and support
staffs engage in research and/or creative activities under the auspices of AMA and shall cover
all activity-derived intellectual property

04 Definition of Terms
University – AMA University and AMA Computer College
Research Management Unit (RMU) – the office in charge of research undertakings, under the Academic Affairs Department located at AMA Head Office, the same office that will manage the IPs of the college/university.
Creator – the author, inventor, and/or researcher of an original intellectual property. This term encompasses staff, faculty, and student researchers/inventors.
Intellectual Property (IP) – anything that is a product of an original creative thought. It includes, but is not limited to the following:
Design project prototype
Design project designs
Software prototypes
Software designs/code
Trade secrets
Trade and service marks
Business plans
Works of art (musical, graphical, literary)
Patent – an exclusive right issued to a creator to make, use, sell, or import the product of his/her invention within the Philippines in exchange of his patentable information or disclosure.
Royalty – payment made for the use of the property, especially a patent, copyrighted work, franchise, or natural resource. The amount is usually a percentage of revenues obtained through its use.
University resources – the tangible resources provided by AMAU/AMACC to creators, including office, laboratory, wages and salaries and studio space and equipment; computer hardware, software, and support; secretarial service, research, teaching and laboratory assistants; supplies, utilities, funding for research and teaching activities, travel; and other funding or reimbursement.
Transfer of rights – the transfer of ownership of an IP to a third party, most often for the purpose of commercialization.

05 Ownership of Intellectual Properties
AMAU/AMACC has the right to own all IPs that are created using its resources (manpower, equipment, facilities, and time). These include but are not limited to the following:
IP outputs that are in the job descriptions;
IP outputs that are not part of the job description but are given as a special assignment with corresponding remuneration in the form of honorarium;
Thesis, dissertations, and similar outputs of faculty and staff d. Thesis, dissertations, and similar outputs of faculty and staff who are sent to do
these in other locations for formal study, seminar, workshop, training, and the like; and
Works commissioned by the university.
05.2 Intellectual properties that are created and/or developed without use of AMAU/AMACC resources, including space and time resources, and are not externally sponsored by AMAU/AMACC partners in any way shall not be owned by the company.
Artistic, literary, and scholarly intellectual properties that include works of art, music recordings and lyrics, scholarly books, poems, articles, speeches, and others will be owned by the creator as long as they were not developed in the performance of a sponsored research or any other agreement with AMAU/AMACC and its agents.
The RMU will decide on matters of property protection. It will determine if a certain IP needs to be protected by applying for copyright, trademark, patent, or any other form of intellectual protection. The cost incurred for the protection of an IP will be borne by AMAU/AMACC branch operations dept.
This policy does not preclude the publication of the works of recipients of research grants. However, AMAU/AMACC being the owner of such IP has the right to delay its publication for a reasonable period, i.e. not more than 1 year, to preserve patent, copyright, or any other intellectual property protection.

06 Commercial Venture

After securing the appropriate IP property protection/s, the university shall initiate possible
commercial venture with interested party for the IP commercialization. Appropriate measures
will be observed for the protection of the interests of both the university and the creator of the

07 Profit Sharing

Profit, after the deduction of all expenses incurred for the protection, development and/or
commercialization of IPs , will be shared in the following manner:
For Php500,000.00 and lower, the creator(s) will receive 40%; the remaining 60% will go to AMA Group of Companies.
For Php500,000.01 to Php1,000,000.00 and lower, the creator(s) will receive 50%; the remaining 50% will go to AMA Group of Companies.
For Php1,000,001.01 to Php5,000,000.00, the creator(s) will receive Php500,000.00 or 40% of the gross, whichever is higher; the remaining amount will go to AMA Group of Companies.
For Php5,000,000.01 and higher, the creator(s) will receive Php2,000,000.00 or 30% of the gross, whichever is higher. The remaining amount will go to AMA Group of Companies.

08 Responsible Units/Departments
The Research Management Unit (RMU), under the supervision of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, will handle all IP matters. It shall supervise the implementation of the IP Policy and commercialization of university IP assets. The RMU will be assisted at the branch level by Research Coordinators/Deans, whichever is applicable. The following are its functions and responsibilities:
Administer and monitor the implementation of the IP Policy;
Evaluate the potential of the works and/or inventions submitted for commercialization;
Negotiate with AMAU/AMACC Operations Department with respect to the development of independently owned technologies after a determination of their commercial potential for purposes of registration, licensing or joint venture arrangements;
Manage the university’s patent portfolio including the drafting, filing and prosecution of applications with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines) as well as the maintenance of granted patents and registered trademarks;
Negotiate and manage contracts for the production, distribution and marketing of AMAU/AMACC’s IP assets;
Branch Operations Department
Administer the funds allocated for patenting and activities related to the protection and commercialization of the university IP;
Spearhead the preparation of business and marketing plans, and in securing financial assistance for any commercialization project/activity;
Administer payments derived from any commercialized IP assets.

09 Penalties

Violation of AMA Intellectual Property Policy shall be dealt with in accordance with the
provisions included in AMA Academic Honesty. Any violation of the policies shall be considered
as disciplinary offence.

010 Amendments

All points in these guidelines may be amended from time to time to ensure that the changing
demands of time are addressed.