UNHInnovation (UNHI) has worked with the UNH School of Law since 2010 to bring law school student interns into our office to gain technology transfer experience within a higher education setting.
This year, we are very pleased to welcome Cassie Simmons and Andrew Schmid to the office. Andrew and Cassie started on June 2, 2014 and will work with us over the course of the next year. Both interns have just completed their 1L year (first year of law school).
Statutes, legal treatises, and judicial opinions are often disparaged as wordy, dense, and unnecessarily convoluted – and with good reason. It can be difficult for a non-lawyer to grasp the kernel of knowledge he seeks from the reading. Compounding this issue are the myriad of articles and websites that misinform, misdirect, or otherwise perpetuate misunderstood concepts. This problem is prevalent with U.S. copyright law: especially in regard to copyright creation, ownership, and use.
As start-ups and small businesses begin to grow, they inevitably need the services and skills of other people to stay competitive. April’s Catalyst Seminar (the last in our Lean Start-up Business Tactics Series) focused on some of the human resource (HR) issues that arise as companies begin to expand and add to their talent pool. Our speaker this month was Andrea Chatfield, Of Council at the law firm Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, p.l.l.c. Andrea has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of New Hampshire’s leading employment law attorneys.
The US patent system is premised on a fundamental exchange, or as some might say, a grand bargain. In exchange for fully disclosing their invention to the public, the inventor gains the exclusionary right to that invention for a limited period.
Companies often have a problem that can be uniquely solved by a university partnership. They will invest in external research to achieve an innovative solution for a new product or process that has great commercialization or market potential. But why would an academic want to be involved with addressing current business challenges?