Intellectual property


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Academe today is the site of myriad conflicts over intellectual property, including those of patent ownership, piracy of university press publications, and Google Books, to name just a few.

'Fair Use' and ... Football?

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Feel free to walk with a bit more of a strut today, all you librarians: A bunch of big strong football players have turned to you for protection. (Okay, so it's in a courtroom, not on a playing field. But still ...)

Patent Reform and University Research

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Senate panel holds broad hearing on pros and cons of Bayh-Dole Act -- but with a very specific agenda for one Midwestern university.

High Court to Hear Patent Case

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Justices agree to review appeals court ruling that universities and Obama administration argue would upend system for determining ownership of U.S.-funded inventions.

IRB Overreach?

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Faculty member sues Brown U. for barring her from using her own research because she paid her subjects different amounts of money.

Can You Own a Color?

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Syracuse has run into a roadblock in its attempt to trademark the word "orange" -- seven other universities that use the color, too.

Supremes Rule Against Stanford

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Court's majority rules that Bayh-Dole law does not give universities and other contractors automatic ownership rights in inventions developed by their researchers.

Entrepreneurship vs. Scholarship?

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Trying to wring revenues from research poses risks to academe, one scholar warns.


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