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The University of Michigan’s Mess of a Present Assignment, Part I

In reviewing university IP policies, I came upon the following Form HR36100 at the University of Michigan titled “Supplemental Appointment Information.” After a section in which the appointee provides name and social security number, we have this: It is apparent that university … Continue reading

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Four Approaches to University Patent Policies

Policy For the last couple of weeks I have been considering the nature of university patent policies. I have looked at a number of university patent policies and written a number of drafts. Things get complicated quickly, but there appears … Continue reading

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A Brief History of University Patent Policies

[Updated May 2018] American University Patent Policies:  A Brief History 1900-1924 Universities have no formal policy on patents, and follow defaults provided by law, addressing issues as they arise. 1912 University of California professor Frederick Cottrell forms non-profit Research Corporation … Continue reading

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