"You can’t give what you don’t have," according to property law, and universities face special problems in ensuring they obtain clear title from their faculty and staff before they license out their inventions. The Supreme Court decision in Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems showed that university title to faculty inventions can be superseded by faculty-industry agreements. Title to multi-institution inventions can also be complex. Explore the basics of inventorship and transfer of ownership in the United States, and the recurring problems. Learn approaches to avoiding known problems before they occur and fixing them when they are discovered. You’ll hear both the university and industry perspectives on ownership of inventions in the context of obtaining rights from faculty, due diligence, licensing and litigation find out about the range of measures universities are taking to modify their forms and practices in the aftermath of Stanford v. Roche.
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