Reviews finds weaknesses in safeguards over sale of college spinout firms

Posted in Research on February 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An independent review into the sale of intellectual property by third-level colleges has found weaknesses in the way conflicts of interest among research staff are managed in the sale of lucrative spinout companies. The review was prompted by concerns raised at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee last year over potential conflicts of interest in this sector, particularly where research staff are also shareholders in companies that end up being sold for large sums of money …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 February]

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Review of Intellectual Property Policies and Procedures in Higher Education Published

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) are pleased to announce the publication of the Review of Intellectual Property Management and Conflicts of Interest, which provides a framework for the strengthening of IP policies and procedures in higher education …” (more)

[Gemma Duke, Higher Education Authority, 8 February]

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Minister Bruton and Minister Halligan welcome latest rolling review project for the Higher Education Sector

Posted in Research on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) are to commission a review of Intellectual Property (IP) policies and their implementation and the policies and procedures in the HEIs for the management of Conflicts of Interest in respect of the commercialisation of intellectual property …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 May]

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Intellectual Property Management

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the national policy that exists to guide institutes of technology and universities on intellectual property policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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The Copyright and Related Rights (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 is announced

Posted in Legal issues on August 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Speaking at the National Council for the Blind of Ireland, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms Mary Mitchell-O’Connor TD, today announced the long-promised Government approval for the drafting of a General Scheme of Bill entitled the Copyright and Related Rights (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 4 August]

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Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015 – IV – Staff, Pensions, Innovation and IP

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This is the fourth and final post in a series on Senator Seán Barrett’s Private Members’ Bill, the Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015, which was discussed last week in the Seanad (earlier posts are here, here and here) …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 6 February]

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Knowledge Transfer Ireland – Give it away, give it away now …

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The Irish Times has today printed a laudatory, uncritical, advertorial on Knowledge Transfer Ireland. It is to me a thousand word puff piece, which contains little hard facts, no analysis, and little news. There is one piece of news, to which I will come …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 23 June]

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Launch of Knowledge Transfer Ireland

Posted in Research on May 28th, 2014 by steve

“Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation today (28th May 2014), launched Knowledge Transfer Ireland. The purpose of the resource is to make it easier to commercialise – and ultimately create viable businesses and jobs from – State-funded research from all third-level institutes across the country …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 28 May]

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Making the magic of Silicon Valley happen more quickly

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 26th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland has long struggled to see research and technology discoveries in higher education laboratories transferring readily into the private sector. There were a host of reasons, with academics and third-level officials blaming the companies …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 26 May]

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Universities sometimes look a lot like trolls

Posted in Legal issues on May 8th, 2014 by steve

“A few weeks ago, administrators at Penn State University did something they believed had never been attempted in American academia: The school put about 70 engineering patents up for auction and tried to sell them to the highest bidder …” (more)

[Daniel Engber, Slate, 7 May]

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A Snapshot of Technology Transfer Efficiency of Irish HEIs

Posted in Legal issues, Research on April 18th, 2014 by steve

“To build up the technology transfer system in the country, Enterprise Ireland in 2006 commenced a five year programme called the Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative. According to a 2012 HEA report, up to €30m had been invested into the programme during 2007 and 2012 …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 17 April]

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Nature Publishing Group Requires Faculty Authors to Waive ‘Moral Rights’

Posted in Legal issues, Research on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“Faculty authors who contract to write for the publisher of Nature, Scientific American, and many other journals should know that they could be signing away more than just the economic rights to their work …” (more)

[Megan O’Neil, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 March]

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MOOC point: who keeps the IP when academics move?

Posted in Legal issues on March 18th, 2014 by steve

“When faculty members move from one institution to the next, so do their courses, but after having spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to prepare those courses to a massive audience, are universities entitled to a share of the rights? …” (more)

[Carl Straumsheim, Times Higher Education, 18 March]

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U of California faculty union says MOOCs undermine professors’ intellectual property

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on March 19th, 2013 by steve

“Faculty union officials in California worry professors who agree to teach free online classes could undermine faculty intellectual property rights and collective bargaining agreements …” (more)

[Ry Rivard, Inside Higher Ed, 19 March]

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Intellectual Property Is a University’s Best Friend

Posted in Legal issues on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“The New York Times is reporting that Carnegie Mellon has been awarded $1.2 billion in a patent infringement suit. The infringer is Marvell Technology Group, a publicly-traded company. This is good news for Carnegie Mellon …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 7 January]

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Knowledge Markets

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 11th, 2012 by steve

“Earlier this year Aaron Swartz, a US writer and political activist, was arrested and charged with wire fraud, computer fraud and unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer. Swartz had entered the MIT campus and used MIT computers to download thousands of scholarly articles …” (more)

[HT: Angela Flynn]
[Simon Cooper, arena, June issue]

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Protocol to promote private R&D funding

Posted in Research on June 9th, 2012 by steve

“The government has announced a new protocol for intellectual property to make it easier to commercialise the results of publicly funded research and development (R&D) …” (more)

[Laura Slattery, Irish Times, 9 June]

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Copyright enforcement and the Internet: we just haven’t tried hard enough?

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“On Tuesday, Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum suggested that we don’t have effective copyright enforcement on the Internet because we just haven’t tried hard enough …” (more)

[Timothy B Lee, Ars Technica, 15 February]

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The Netherlands Looks to Take the Lead in Relaxed Copyright Legislation

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2012 by steve

“US copyright laws are designed to protect the ‘fair use’ of copyrighted content such as mash-ups and remixes—or they were, at least, until the advent of DMCA Takedown Notices. The Dutch government has taken notes on America’s IP failures and is reportedly looking to explicitly protect such DMCA fodder, much to the chagrin of the European Union …” (more)

[Gizmodo, 14 February]

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Clean up your ACTA, says Prendergast MEP

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2012 by steve

“ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is a misnomer with a wrongheaded approach. Targeting copyright infringements with the same enforcement tools used against fake goods is both inappropriate and dangerous to our liberties and innovation potential, stated Phil Prendergast Labour MEP for Munster in Strasbourg today …” (more)

[Labour Party, 14 February]

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