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Universities and Intellectual Property: Ownership and Exploitation

ISBN13: 9780198265948
ISBN: 0198265948
Published: August 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £237.50

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The vital role played by universities in producing creative and innovative products is becoming increasingly recognized both by policy makers and by the universities themselves. Universities are now looking to tighten up their policies on intellectual property so as to maximize revenue, for instance through spin-off companies; but this arguably restricts the free flow of knowledge and scientific progress.

The authors look in detail at this highly topical subject, both from a policy and a practical legal point of view, drawing upon research covering universities in the UK, Australia, and the USA.;The book begins with identifying what is protectable as university intellectual property and the principal features of the various intellectual property regimes that are relevant to these questions: subject matter, criteria for protection, ownership and entitlement, rights conferred and their duration.

It then turns to the creators - the academics, students, visiting scholars, and outside collaborators who have an interest in the intellectual property - and the varied collaborative circumstances in which it is created. It evaluates differing intellectual property policies and methods of commercial exploitation and postulates certain guidelines and models that will be of assistance to universities in dealing with these issues.

  • Draws on a three-year research project on the ownership and exploitation of intellectual property rights by universities
  • Considers the strategies which have been adopted by universities to protect intellectual property and possible alternatives
  • Identifies the strategies undertaken in several OECD countries, including Australia, the UK and the US

Intellectual Property Law
1. Introduction
2. What is a University?
3. What is University Intellectual Property?
4. Identifying the Creators and the Circumstances of Creation
5. Allocating the Rights - The Legal Background
6. Policy Developments and Specific Challenges
7. How Universities Allocate Intellectual Property Rights through Institutional Policies
8. Reporting, Rights Allocation, and Other Matters
9. Exploitation of Intellectual Property: Universities as Entrepreneurs
10. Future Directions: Ownership
11. Future Directions: Commercial Exploitation
12. Looking to the Future
Ownership and Exploitation of Intellectual Property in Universities: A National, Comparative, and Theoretical Study
Comparison of Respondents with the Original Sample