intellectual property

Changing the Rules

by F. Key Kidder

It has been over 40 months since President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) into law in September 2011, climaxing years of feverish legislative wrangling. AIA was heralded as a game-changer, the dawning of an equitable intellectual property (IP) regimen that rewarded research scientists and innovators beset by ineffectual patent processes and procedures.

Your IP or My IP?

by Lab Manager

Likely the most successful company to result from university research innovation was Google. But, when such a startup comes out of a university, which party owns the intellectual property (IP) rights?

Proving Ownership

by Robert P. Flinton

To appreciate the significance—or the ubiquity— of commercial tamper protection, one needn’t go any farther than the local grocery store. You, and many other consumers, probably wouldn't use a product with a broken seal. If grocery store patrons have a low tolerance for uncertainty, imagine the burden of proof facing scientific intellectual property owners in a court of law.