Category Archives: IP

If state university patent policy is actually state law . . .

Over the course of a number of years, Professor Galen Suppes was involved in litigation with the University of Missouri over rights to inventions. Among other things, the University claimed ownership of inventions that Suppes made at another institution before … Continue reading

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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, 6

We reach the ipHandbook article’s “conclusions.” Suddenly, we return to the land of reason: The principles underlying this policy have evolved from the line of court cases that, in the absence of a written agreement, hold that an invention belongs … 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, 3

We are working through ipHandbook’s discussion of best practices in university ownership of inventions. After a clear discussion of invention ownership–inventors own their inventions unless they have agreed to assign them or it is equitable to find that circumstances imply … Continue reading

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Best practices in university invention management, 2

We are working through an article in the ipHandbook that argues for “best practices” in university ownership of inventions.  The article spends little time discussing how faculty are employed in their research work, nor the other requirements of university policy … Continue reading

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Available to one, developed by none, 2

We are working through the political argument that without a patent monopoly, federally supported research will never get used or developed into commercial products or ever benefit the public. It’s flowery language meant to lead those who hear or read … Continue reading

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Available to one, developed by none, 1

A repeated argument regarding inventions made with federal support was that the public would benefit from these inventions only if companies invested substantial amounts of private capital in developing the inventions as commercial products. Without commercial development at private expense, … Continue reading

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