Stanford v. Roche mandatory reading for technology transfer pros


In the wake of Stanford v. Roche, Robert E. Smartschan, a partner at Kaufman & Canoles, recommends research institutions reduce to writing all researchers’ assignments of intellectual property rights created “in the course of their work for or at the direction of” the institution.

Smartschan feels the case should be “mandatory reading” for all technology transfer professionals, as it yields guidance on how to make sure written IPR assignments find their way into employment agreements, confidentiality agreements and NDAs, policy documents, invention disclosure forms, and other documents. Readers can download Stanford v. Roche here (scroll down to FREE resources).


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