While filing a patent involving sole inventorship is a breeze, it’s rarely the case in the university setting. Joint inventorship is more common, and it is necessary to evaluate whether the contribution of each individual in the lab — including students and post-docs — constitutes inventive activity according to the Patent Act.
Even more complexity arises when researchers and labs from more than one institution are involved, or when a scientist with a corporate partner has contributed to the innovation. Things can start to get sticky, egos get bruised, and relationships with key inventors and partners can get damaged. Additionally, incorrectly determining inventorship can lead to patenting and commercialization delays and huge, costly legal headaches.
That’s why our Distance Learning Division has partnered with Sherry L. Murphy from the law firm Myers Bigel for a critical, detailed webinar that will help you and your staff fully understand the parameters of each type of inventorship and avoid the damaging consequences of inventorship disputes. Join us on March 16th for Determining Inventorship for University IP. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.
ALSO COMING SOON:
- March 23: EAR/ITAR Compliance Workshop: Understanding and Managing Export Control in University Research and Technology Transfer
- March 28: Avoiding Legal Issues that Can Derail University Start-Ups
- April 11: Establishing an Effective Royalty Audit Process for University IP Licenses
- April 18: Drafting and Negotiating Preferential Rights in University IP Licenses and Sponsored Research Agreements