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.