Doing some research for an entrepreneurship class. We are building an email classifier for a logistics company to automate part of their customer service process. We are having some discussion on how to properly license this technology, and whether it should be hosted on the cloud or on their internal servers.
Specifically, my questions are:
1) Who actually owns the rights to the trained machine learning classifier output by the machine learning algorithm?
2) Since the company itself owns the data, can they claim rights to the output?
3) If the service is hosted on their servers, is there any way to protect against them hacking the classifier and re-deploying it themselves?