Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 9/22/2009 10:34:00 AM

Avoiding IP Disputes with R&D Employees

Since he won’t want to blow his own horn, let me bring this one to your attention.

This blog’s co-author, Todd Sullivan, is quoted extensively in Technology Transfer Tactics on the subject of intellectual property disputes between research universities and inventors. The article also describes how proactive measures can prevent such disputes from leading to major heartburn.

The article was prompted in large part by a recent court battle between the Mayo Clinic and former employee Dr. Peter Elkin, who developed a software program for bioinformatics. The two sides now battling it out over who controls the rights and revenues from the software.

As Todd so eloquently puts it: "Disputes essentially arise like a phoenix from the ashes of poorly drafted agreements."

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