Should graduate students sign confidentiality agreements before joining a lab?
Some classes involve projects with outside companies who request that participating students sign a confidentiality agreement. Should the university be responsible for signing the confidentiality agreements? Does it matter whether the class is required for a degree?
What happens when you have a round-table discussion among entrepreneurs and early stage companies in Durham’s incubator Idea Greenhouse, led by the Seacoast regional manager of the Small Business Development Center, with experts who know how to write a winning SBIR proposal, know how to reduce the roadblocks related to intellectual property and have state funding to seed research/business partnerships? You have all the ingredients of a collaborative program that offers a pathway from innovation to commercialization and job creation for NH.
On vacation, you browse through a local art gallery and purchase a small painting as a memento of your trip. You hang the painting in your home, and find that you just love the painting and the ambience that it evokes. You decide that you would like to have note cards made of the painting – what a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends while sharing your love of the painting. And your friends respond about the vibrancy of the artwork, asking if you could sell them some of the notecards for their own use.
The ORPC Innovation Catalyst Seminar Series is hosted monthly during the academic year. The Series allows for the discussion of issues and case studies, led by experienced speakers, that are of common interest and relevant to technology innovation and commercialization. In February, ORPC hosted a lively discussion on Innovations in Mobile Apps.
Our speakers presented different experiences and driving forces behind their own app development activities to a packed house of faculty, staff, students, and budding app developers from around New Hampshire.
Being an author on a peer reviewed article or an inventor on a patent are highly respected achievements. However, to some, the concept that you are not automatically an inventor on a patent even though you are an author of a paper on the same subject matter is a profound concept.
Generally speaking, to be an author of an article, a person can have performed the underlying research, supervised the research, or written the paper, among other criteria. This is much less stringent than the requirement to be an inventor, because inventorship has a legal definition.
Exhaustion of Rights: Copyright and the First Sale Doctrine
The U.S. Copyright Act grants to a copyright holder the right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, perform, and display a copyrighted work. These rights of the copyright holder, however, are not unlimited. One controversial issue in the news recently has involved the first sale doctrine and the extent to which copyright holders can control a copyrighted work after the first sale of the article has transpired and the copyright holder is no longer the owner of the work.
New legislators were sworn in recently in Concord, NH and the NHIRC is ramping up to inform them about the program and its impact on the state’s jobs and economic development. NHIRC Day will be held on February 5th at noon in St. Paul’s Church where legislators are being invited to meet representatives from some of New Hampshire’s most innovative companies to learn how translational research funding helps companies innovate, stay and grow in New Hampshire, and how the NHIRC is a proven job creator for NH with 20:1 leverage on dollars spent.
DURHAM, N.H. – Research from the University of New Hampshire’s chemistry department has resulted in an exclusive license agreement for an anti-fatigue hydrogel between the university and Wakup, Inc., UNH’s sixth startup company.