Cambridge Inventors Resist U.S.-Style IP Deal

Law360, New York (December 2, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Shifting toward a U.S. style of handling intellectual property, Cambridge University is stirring controversy by signaling a move toward a regimental approach to patents similar to a corporation.

The proposed policy at the British university would transition patent ownership rights from the traditional domain of researchers and inventors and into the hands of the university’s administrators, a situation common in most schools, but considered critical by many to the entrepreneurial edge at Cambridge.

Cambridge’s current liberal policy allows researchers to retain ownership of their ideas and...
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