ITU recommends that aspects of confidentiality and intellectual property rights are discussed before starting such projects. This is among other things to ensure that you do not enter into a contract with a company on unfair terms, such as to waive all the rights to your IP without any compensation.
ITU has prepared an example of a so-called Confidentiality Agreement and a Confidentiality and Rights Agreement for Student Project that you and the company can use, but this is not a requirement. Many companies prefer to use their own agreement, or make changes / additions to the template, ITU has made.
A Confidentiality Agreement is between you and the company, and ITU is not a part of the agreement. Therefore, you do not need a signature from your supervisor or any other ITU representative. For this reason as well, you must be extra careful what you agree to, as the agreement is your responsibility.
A Confidentiality and Rights Agreement for Student Project is between you, ITU and the Company. Please be aware, that provisions regarding confidentiality, examination and rights to ITU’s intellectual property cannot be changed as ITU are bound by the rules in the University Act, the Examination Act, the Research Patent Act and the state aid rules. Therefore, the provisions regarding the above mentioned, are locked. If these provisions are changed in any way, ITU consider the agreement invalid. You can always change the provisions concerning your own rights to intellectual property.
You are not entitled to use ITU Legal, as this is a service to the University staff that can be used as part of their work. Legal will often get involved in your project through the supervisor, but please be aware that it is the supervisor's interests that Legal are protecting and not yours. However, Legal has tried to consider the interests of students in preparing the above-mentioned standard contract.
We recommend that you show the agreement to your supervisor before you sign it, so you and your supervisor can ensure that the agreement does not contain elements, which are in violation with ITU regulations for projects and exams.
If necessary, you can mark in LearnIT that the assignment is confidential, when you submit it. In addition, the oral exam will be held behind closed doors, i.e. without an audience, on your request.