Category Archives: Present Assignment

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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University of Connecticut patent practice hash, 1

Let’s work through the University of Connecticut’s intellectual property practice on disclosure and ownership of inventions. We will start in the middle, with a disclosure form–much like a university inventor might do. UConn has an “Innovation Alert” web “portal” that … Continue reading

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University of Utah’s Mount Stupid Disclosure Claim, 2

We are working through a statement by the University of Utah regarding disclosure. We have got through one paragraph, and now are headed to the second. Unfortunately, the snark restrictor on my WordPress editor has failed and snark keeps popping … Continue reading

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University of Utah’s Mount Stupid Disclosure Claim, 1

Here is a bit from the University of Utah’s web site. The general topic is final invention reporting for grant close out. Here’s the statement of interest (bold in the original, links removed): All University employees are responsible to disclose all … Continue reading

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Nolo Press Still Confused About Bayh-Dole, 2

Now the Nolo page turns to Stanford v Roche. Given how Nolo can’t seem to get much at all right about Bayh-Dole, what do you think the odds are with Stanford v Roche? Stanford v. Roche (2011): The Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, 14: Assignment and Present Assignment

Here’s Penn State’s current IP Agreement’s sort-of assignment clause: In so agreeing, I especially acknowledge my responsibilities: (1) to assign and do hereby assign to the University (or its designee) all rights which I have or may acquire in inventions, … Continue reading

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There never was a promise to assign

When Stanford in its litigation against Roche appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, it included in its petition for certiorari a declaration by Luis Mejia, the licensing manager responsible for filing the patents and offering an exclusive license to Roche. … Continue reading

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University of California’s Office of the President self-servingly misrepresents Bayh-Dole

Here is a bit of guidance regarding research agreements from the University of California Office of the President regarding sponsored research: Federally funded research has special provisions on rights to inventions. Pursuant to federal statute, known as the Bayh–Dole Act, UC … Continue reading

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The NSF recommends bureaukleptic compliance

Here’s interesting guidance in a footnote to the current NSF statement of terms and conditions for grants to universities: Footnote 2 offers a “reminder” that universities should adopt a present assignment in “employee assignment agreements.” The idea is that somehow … Continue reading

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