2013 Student Confidentiality and IP Guidelines

Access to submitted abstracts is granted only by the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition to the members of its judging panels and to Ann Arbor SPARK and its affiliates as administrators of the Competition.

Before submitting your abstract, submitting your executive summary or presenting your business plan in the semi-final or final rounds of the {biz plan} we urge you to confirm with appropriate advisors or legal counsel that any intellectual property described in your plan is appropriately protected.

All public sessions of the competition, including but not limited to oral presentations and question/answer sessions, are open to the public at large. Any and all of these public sessions may be broadcast to interested persons through media which may include radio, television and the Internet. Any data or information discussed or divulged in public sessions by entrants should be considered information that will likely enter the public realm, and entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged or presented in these sessions.

The authors of the business plan will retain all copyrights to the plan regarding its use at all times prior to and following the competition except as stated below. Due to the nature of the competition, we will not ask judges, reviewers, staff or the audience to agree to or sign non-disclosure statements for any participant.

The organizer of the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition may make photocopies, photographs, videotapes and/or audiotapes of the presentations including the business plan and other documents, charts or material prepared for use in presentation. The competition has non-exclusive world rights in all languages, and in all media, to use or to publish the materials in any book, other printed materials, videotapes or other medium, and to use the materials in future editions thereof and derivative products. By entering the competition, you will have agreed to grant a release to the organizers, sponsors and funding sources of the competition to use such materials without restriction, including the right to create and own derivative works