Collegiality and Collaboration in an Age of Exclusivity

Lawrence Sung, University of Maryland;
Jane E.R. Potter, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

This panel addresses the impact on scientific progress from US patent law as it relates to the invention and inventorship/ownership of patent rights. In particular, the discussion considers the incentives and disincentives that the law provides for collaborative research and development. The changing landscape of academic/industry interactions in the context of proprietary technology is highlighted. In particular, the panel discussion will inform the importance to young inventors and entrepreneurs of elaborating intellectual property strategies and goals in collaborative research enterprises to maximize the likelihood for grant funding and commercial success.

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