Sample Language for my UC Friends Posted on November 30, 2011 by Dr. Gerald Barnett
I worked for six years in the University of California system, dealing with IP and research contracts. Given the current changes to patent policy being sent out to policy under the “the Supreme Court made us change policy, but this is not a change in policy, so sign here” strategy, here’s what I would be writing back to the Powers That Be. While everyone has to make their own choices, perhaps what follows might be helpful to folks trying to make up their minds.
- A contract requires a meeting of minds. The University patent policy is set out here. As a condition of employment, I signed a Patent Acknowledgment (or Patent Agreement) that confirms my knowledge of these policy statements. “Clarifying” the “intent” of the Patent Acknowledgment is a necessary, bilateral matter.