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Determining Inventorship for University IP


By David Schwartz
Published: December 19th, 2017

The legal standard for inventorship is complex and can be particularly difficult in the context of university research. 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.

In an encore presentation of Determining Inventorship for University IP, our Distance Learning Division features highly respected patent attorney Sherry L. Murphy of Myers Bigel. The recorded program will be replayed on January 9th for those who missed the critical guidance provided in this highly rated program. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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