Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chemical Engineers in the IP News Again

As a chemical engineer, by education, anyway, I was intrigued by this hot IP story:
Chemical Engineer Professor Battling University Over IP. DynamicPatents reports that:
The University of Missouri filed a lawsuit last Monday in a Kansas City Federal Court against chemical engineering professor Galen Suppes. As reported by, the University claims that Suppes will not release the rights to more than 30 inventions and 11 potential patents that were developed in his campus labs.

Let's keep an eye on this case. Professors have a tendency to take their work with them when they go elsewhere. But can they take IP rights for work already done? Probably not in most cases.

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