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Intellectual Property

The SKA is a radio telescope with around one million square metres of collecting area, designed to study the Universe with unprecedented speed and sensitivity.

Image of a PAF

Image of a Phased Array Feed (C) CSIRO

Development of the knowledge and technologies to achieve this goal will involve the collaboration of radio astronomy institutes, research and development agencies, and commercial enterprises from around the world. Many of these developments will involve generic technologies with important potential in adjacent markets.

The SKA aims for collaboration and protection of IP rights among collaborators are as follows:

  • Inform all interested parties in the SKA about IP that has been contributed or created.
  • Provide protection to the inventor and host institution, while allowing this IP property to be used in an unfettered manner by all SKA signatories to the MOA, for SKA-related development. These ground rules are set out in a Statement of Common Intent on IPR signed by the partners in SKA MoU-2000.

The SKA Organisation has released its SKA Intellectual Propoerty Policy [SKA-GOV.POL-SKO-POL-001 Rev X], and can be downloaded here