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3. Examples of Conflict of Interest

Here are examples of conflict of interest.

Case 1. Side job and conflict of responsibility

Professor B at University A has been doing a side job of technology guidance for profit at Company C. Responding to a request from company C, he received permission from University A to offer the guidance every Wednesday afternoon, but he began to frequently change his class schedule. He ended up giving priority to his side job, canceling classes, and missing staff and/or committee meetings.

Case 2. Using a laboratory as a business incubator

Utilizing his research results, Professor E at University D established a venture Company F, setting the company's registered main office as the university. He obtained permission to do a side job and began working as the director of company F. He began to use his laboratory at University D for Company F's business because it was easy to use as an incubator. His laboratory got calls for products and students at the laboratory answered the phone when he was out. Furthermore, Company F frequently used the equipment installed in the laboratory that was bought with Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research.

Case 3. Joint research with a venture company for putting research results to practical use

Professor H at University G established a venture company Q, obtained permission to do a side job and became president at Company Q. Company Q asked the university to conduct joint research with it and joint research started at a laboratory in the university as an industry-university research project.

Company Q has only one researcher--Professor H. It has not been determined whether the research is development research for commercialization of a product or whether Professor H is carrying out the research as his primary job as a staff member of the university.

Case 4. Venture support from a liaison officer and conflict of interest

Professor K at University J asked L at a liaison office for advice regarding the establishment of a venture business based on his research results. Professor K established Company M and assumed a position as an officer. L wanted to aggressively support the company as a liaison officer. He offered support as well as funds. Company M hoped for joint research with University J and joint research started. As results of the joint research, intellectual property rights were created. At an intellectual property meeting, it was decided that the intellectual property rights would be transferred to Company M, a decision supported by Professor K.

Case 5. Purchase of goods or samples

Professor O at University N concluded a license agreement with Company P regarding a patent belonging to him and received patent royalty. He applied for a large amount of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research and was granted it. Later it was decided a large scale verification test would be conducted. The professor became a member of the committee that would select the type of equipment necessary for the experiment and proposed detailed specifications some of which did not seem to be necessary for this research. Company P's equipment met the specifications, and the university bought company P's equipment.



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