GAIST IPR

Jim Barnes made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Blackpool Borough Council

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Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

In my previous FOI request (80340) you stated that the council has spent £800,000+ over the last 7 years with the company GAIST to develop a Highway Asset Management System.

Who owns the Intellectual Property Rights for this software?

Yours faithfully,

Jim Barnes

Customer First, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Mr Barnes,

I have forwarded your email onto the Freedom of Information Officer who should respond to you directly.

Many Thanks,
Sarah S
Customer First

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Mike Kirkman, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Sirs,

I refer to your FOI request - GAIST IPR

You ask :
In my previous FOI request (80340) you stated that the council has spent
£800,000+ over the last 7 years with the company GAIST to develop a
Highway Asset Management System. Who owns the Intellectual Property Rights
for this software?

The Council believes that this information is commercial and in confidence
and is not in the public domain.

Mike Kirkman
Head of Procurement
Blackpool Council

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Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Blackpool Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'GAIST IPR'.

Since public money (including DfT Element 2 funding) was used to invest in the GAIST solution, as a tax payer I feel I have every right to know who holds the IPR for it. If a positive response is not received I will definitely make a formal complaint to the information commissioner. Denying this information has made me increasingly suspicious of the dealings between Blackpool Council and GAIST.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ga...

Yours faithfully,

Jim Barnes

Customer First, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Mr Barnes

I have forwarded your enquiry onto the Freedom of Information Officer
who will respond to you directly.

Regards,
Sarah S
Customer First

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Debbie Topping, Blackpool Borough Council

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Dear Mr Barnes

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST

In accordance with s.50 of the Act, I have considered your appeal
against the Refusal Notice issued in relation to provision of
information.  I apologise for the delay in responding to you.

I have reviewed our processes and the information provided or
withheld.  I have also considered if the exemption was applied
correctly.  I have also liaised with relevant third parties in
this instance.

My decision is that your appeal is successful and the information
requested is included next.

Some of the work provided by GAIST has no IPR associated with it,
some technology has IPR that is owned by GAIST and the ownership
of other IPR from joint working/development is currently under
negotiation.

GAIST has integrated some proprietary software and technologies
into the solutions that have been purchased by Blackpool Council,
where the IPR is retained by other suppliers such as Microsoft. 
As such, this is retained by the supplier in accordance with the
relative Developer and End User Licence Agreement (EULA).
If you are not happy with the outcome of the review, you have the
right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  You can contact the Information Commissioner at:
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF,
([1]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk).
If you have any queries about this letter you can contact me, or
write to: FOI, Town Hall, Blackpool, FY1 1NA, or email us at
[2][Blackpool Borough Council request email].  Please quote your reference
number when you contact us.

Yours sincerely

Mrs D Topping MBA

Blackpool Council

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