Intellectual property

Explaining Khan Academy's patent application for A/B testing in education

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Experts attempt to make sense of Khan Academy's patent application for A/B testing in education -- and whether it can even be patented.

Cornell Tech rethinks how universities invest in software start-ups

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Officials at Cornell Tech, the new high-tech university being built in New York City, want to change how universities share in profits from research. 

Experts Say Academics Are Timid About Fair Use Laws

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A new report from the College Art Association says that artists and art historians have real and perceived concerns about fair use laws. Experts say other kinds of academics do, too.

Professors afforded few guarantees of privacy in the Internet age

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Several professors recently have come under fire for communications with students they intended to remain private. But little is private in the Internet age, experts say.

U. of Texas president wants faculty input on future of online education

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In report to faculty and students, UT president outlines principles for online education and asks for greater input from professors. 

Senate bill hopes to speed up technology licensing process

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Commercialization offices are fighting a Kauffman proposal that would let researchers take potential commercial ideas to any technology transfer partner, not just their home institution.

Indigenous professor denied tenure claims narrow focus on peer-reviewed publications is discriminatory

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A professor of indigenous ancestry who lost a tenure bid due to a lack of peer-reviewed publications is claiming the university was biased in discounting her "nontraditional" scholarship.

Citing trademark infringement, one university sues another for having the same name

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One Mount St. Mary's sues another, citing trademark issues as institutions on opposite coasts compete for students -- and status -- online.

Federal judge rules Google's digitization effort falls under fair use

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A federal judge rules Google's massive digitization efforts falls under the "fair use" doctrine, marking another loss for copyright advocates.

Educause attendees urged to focus on higher education's needs in copyright debates

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Higher education leaders urged to be more engaged -- and less reactive -- on making sure the law reflects "fair use" needs of students and faculty members.

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