Category Archives: IP

How can a startup protect their intellectual property without filing for a patent? 

I was asked to respond to another Quora question— How can a startup protect their intellectual property without filing for a patent? Tim Berry provides a really excellent answer at Quora. But I thought it would be worth it to … Continue reading

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Does a university own software written by students?

I just posted to Quora in response to If I study at a university and I create software in my own time, does the university own the licensing to my software? There’s no good general answer, since things vary by … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Intellectual Property

I wrote a Quora answer to the question “What are the alternatives to intellectual property?” I cross-post it here. ***** Let’s divide things into intellectual property (IP—patents, copyrights, trademarks) and non-IP intangible assets (NIPIA). NIPIA assets include all sorts of … Continue reading

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IP Laws for Dragons

On Quora, I was asked to answer this question: Do US intellectual property laws stills serve society or just corporations and countries that are large and rich? Historically, patents have been the domain of countries (and city states) and the … Continue reading

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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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