Finesse Intellectual Property Issues in Sponsored Research Agreements
Tyler B. Thompson and Susan B. Butts. External Technology, Dow Chemical Company, Building 1776, Midland, MI 48674
Significant progress has been made recently on the issues that have divided U.S. universities and industrial companies regarding patentable inventions in company-sponsored research agreements. This presentation will briefly summarize the work of a 3-year discussion sponsored by the National Academies, the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable, the Industrial Research Institute, the National Council of University Research Administrators, the Kaufmann foundation, and several other foundations & companies. It will provide examples of solutions from Dow Chemical's recent experience with some key university partners.