Keep the money, IP academic told

“A decision by an Australian judge has bolstered academics’ claims to the money made from their inventions, according to a leading lawyer. The judge in a dispute between the University of Western Australia (UWA) and one of its former professors has challenged the assumption that universities have ownership of inventions developed as part of their employees’ research activities. Sitting in the Australian Federal Court, Justice French ruled that this assumption is not necessarily correct where the academic has a contractual duty to carry out research, but has no contractual ‘duty to invent’. In London, Adrian Toutoungi, who is intellectual property expert at law firm Eversheds, said that while British courts are not obliged to follow Australian case law, they were in fact likely to be influenced by the judgment …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 20 November]

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