Tech Transfer Central

Student IP Ownership Rights: University Policy and Practices

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Originally presented: November 10, 2016

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Student IP Ownership Rights: University Policy and PracticesWhen it comes to developing and cultivating university-based innovators and entrepreneurs, students are fast becoming a critical component of that community. However, unlike faculty and graduate researchers who have a formal relationship with the university, undergraduates are a different story. With so much of their IP lying outside the confines of university employment policies, you’re left to deal with a particularly challenging set of issues concerning ownership and other IP-related rights. For example, what are your obligations to student innovators and entrepreneurs? How do you best manage their interests and contributions alongside faculty and staff?

This practical webinar, sponsored by Technology Transfer Tactics, will explore scenarios in which students may create intellectual property and the tools such as policies, confidentiality agreements, and IP rights agreements used to manage these assets. Here are just a few of the situations we’ll cover:

  • Students working as researchers or assistants (paid or unpaid) in university laboratories
  • Students enrolled in classes involving IP creation, including those with industry collaborations
  • Students working as interns – paid or for class credit
  • Students utilizing university-owned makerspaces

 Additionally, our expert presenter will address these tough challenges:

  • How to assign ownership when the student:
    1. Comes up with a project of their own design
    2. Uses a project that is an extension of a faculty member’s research
    3. Works on a project proposed by an industry sponsor
  • When are confidentiality agreements a must-have for students?
  • To what extent can students disclose their project if a confidentiality agreement has been signed?
  • Internships: Should students’ IP rights be treated any differently if they were paid during their internship?
  • Makerspaces: When should they offer IP immunity and when should you invoke your IP policy?
  • Communication with students: How to ensure your students understand your policies, and practices that help encourage entrepreneurship

Your session leader:

Maria EmanuelMaria Emanuel, PhD
Associate Director
University of New Hampshire

Dr. Emanuel manages the institutional intellectual asset management program that engages with innovators to identify, evaluate, protect, commercialize, and manage their intellectual assets. Dr. Emanuel is a regular speaker across campus on intellectual property-related topics and works on institutional policy development related to intellectual asset management. She is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in College Teaching and co-instructs courses on intellectual asset management and ethics in research and scholarship.

Dr. Emanuel served on the New Hampshire Bio/Medical Council Board of Directors for six years and is a member of the Association for University Technology Managers (AUTM). She is currently serving on the Biotechnology Advisory Committee for the Seacoast School of Technology located in Exeter, New Hampshire. 

Prior to joining UNH, Dr. Emanuel was the director of marketing for Ardais Corporation in Lexington, Massachusetts, a start-up company in the life sciences field. Dr. Emanuel also worked with the sales and business development groups at Ardais during her tenure with the company.

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