Who Owns the Intellectual Property Rights in Academic Work?

European Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 2010, pp. 609–613

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 49/2010

13 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 26 Oct 2010

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Justine Pila

Professor of Law - University of Oxford

Date Written: May 31, 2010

Abstract

In this Opinion piece the ownership of intellectual property rights in university teaching and research is considered against the backdrop of British university intellectual property policies and recent cases. Starting from the position of Lord Evershed that it is "just and commonsense" that academics own the copyright in their lectures, and by extension the copyright in their research, I consider the policy arguments for university claims of ownership in respect of such copyright and academic employees' inventions.

Keywords: Intellectual Property, Ownership, Copyright, Patents, Inventions, Universities, Academics, Employees

Suggested Citation

Pila, Justine, Who Owns the Intellectual Property Rights in Academic Work? (May 31, 2010). European Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 2010, pp. 609–613, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 49/2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1618172

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