Category Archives: Agreements

Best practices in university invention management, 10

We have reached the last installment of our work with the ipHandbook’s model invention assignment agreement. We started this journey making note of how university patent administrators make things more complicated than they ever need to be. The basic approach … Continue reading

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Best practices in university invention management, 9

We are deep into the ipHandbook’s model invention assignment agreement (IAA). We have hit the basic disclosure and assignment clause that depends on a restrictive clause with three parts that together establish the scope of the present assignment. Part (i) … Continue reading

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Best practices in university invention management, 8

We are working through the model invention assignment agreement proposed by the ipHandbook as a university “best practice.” Now we get the present assignment: agree to disclose promptly to UNIVERSITY and hereby assign all rights to all inventions, copyrightable materials, … Continue reading

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Best practices in university invention management, 7

Let’s have a look, then, at the invention assignment agreement that ipHandbook recommends that universities should use with their faculty. We start with the “consideration”: In consideration of the sum of One Dollar ($1.00) and: my past, present, and/or future … Continue reading

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Best practices in university invention management, 5

More fun examples from the ipHandbook to demonstrate, ahem, best practices in university ownership of inventions. The visiting scientist. Professor from another university visits and invents. He is compensated through funds from Professor Z’s federal contract. That is, if he … Continue reading

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Best practices in university invention management, 4

We are working through examples from the ipHandbook‘s advice on best practices for university ownership of inventions. All the examples feature a professor who finds ways to stick it to the university and wise words about how university officials could … Continue reading

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Best practices in university invention management, 1

Things get complicated that don’t have to be complicated when it comes to university ownership of inventions. Administrators make things complicated, then argue for lots of money to pay for the talent to navigate those complications, and then more money … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–5

Consider the implications of an assignment of an invention in the context of big projects and greater inventions. If one assigns an invention, having already granted a license to that invention, then the license follows the assignment–unless, of course, the … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–4

Let’s repeat, for the sake of emphasis. If a sponsor supports a project, and that project is part of a larger project, then the sponsor necessarily also supports the larger project. It doesn’t matter that there is separate accounting for … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–2

We are working our way through the idea of project–a succession of tasks to accomplish some purpose. A small project is a project in which there is just such a succession of tasks and some purpose. We can call a … Continue reading

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