Track A

A3 What Do You Mean, I Don't Own My Invention? - CLE Eligible

Track: IP Trends and Successful Practices

Target Audience: All Audiences

Melissa Silverstein, University of Texas at El Paso

Zachary Miles
Alan Naidoff

In a university setting, issues of intellectual property (IP) ownership commonly arise when there are collaborators from other institutions, company-sponsored research agreements, and consulting agreements with university faculty members. We’ll discuss who has an automatic obligation to assign IP, administrative rules governing ownership, inventorship versus authorship, ownership of student inventions, ownership issues with visiting scholars, collaborations with other institutions and industry, industry expectations of ownership in sponsored research agreements, awareness of mundane contracts that give away ownership such as nondisclosure agreements, release of ownership rights, copyright ownership of course curriculum, and practical advice to university outside counsel (e.g., assign early before co-inventors graduate).

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