Friday, September 12, 2014

Pitt Professors Are Wary of Signing Away Intellectual-Property Rights

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 12th, 2014

Faculty members at the University of Pittsburgh are skeptical of a directive to “irrevocably assign and transfer to the university” their rights, title, and interest to all intellectual property produced during their employment, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Administrators say the rule, which also applies to nonclerical staff members, is necessary to keep the university eligible for federal research dollars because of the 2011 Supreme Court decision in Stanford v. Roche. That ruling, according to the university, requires employees to explicitly agree to abide by their institution’s policies.

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