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Intellectual Property

Those who compete warrant that their entry is their original idea and does not infringe on the intellectual property rights of any third party. Participants are responsible for securing appropriate protection for any Intellectual Property (IP) contributed by the team members or their parent institutions. In the absence of such protection, participants should restrict themselves to non-enabling disclosures of their IP. Entries that have won major awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in any international, national or school competitions cannot be entered. Wireless service applications that are already in commercial production may not be entered. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) shall not be liable to any participant for commercializing ideas that have been independently developed but are similar in concept to submitted entries. 

All contestants should agree to give a nonexclusive perpetual royalty free license of ALL output of the hackathon to IRRI and affiliate institutions for the purposes of research and development

            IRRI idea - royalty free perpetual license to developers

            Non-IRRI idea - IP belongs to the developers (IRRI and affiliate institutions to be granted nonexclusive perpetual 
            royalty free license)

WAIVER

Participants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Mechanics and by the decisions of the organizers and/or the judges, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this contest. By joining the contest, the participants agree to waive any right to claim ambiguity or error in these Official Mechanics. Except where prohibited by law, the winners consent to the use of their name and/or likeness by IRRI and SMART for advertising and publicity purposes without compensation.

Each participant agrees that IRRI and SMART and its parent companies, agents, representatives, affiliates, and employees will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from his/her participation in the contest, or resulting from the acceptance, possession, or use of these prizes, nor in any way are responsible for any warranty, representation, or guaranty, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, including but not limited to the quality, condition, or fitness.

Each participant agrees that IRRI and SMART and its parent company, agents, representatives, subsidiaries, affiliates, and employees will have no liability whatsoever for any injury, loss, or damages of any kind resulting from the use of the entry, unless such entry has been formally offered by IRRI and SMART to the public as a service or a product. Each participant warrants that it holds the necessary intellectual property right(s) over the entry, undertakes sole responsibility for any adverse or infringement claim(s) thereon, and further holds IRRI and SMART, its directors, officers, employees, agents, parent company subsidiaries and affiliates free from any liability arising out of such adverse or infringement claim(s) including claim(s) for damages.