U. of Pittsburgh Won’t Make Faculty Sign Away Intellectual-Property Rights

September 15, 2014 / Phil Lesch

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 12th, 2014

The University of Pittsburgh has backed down from a plan to require faculty members to sign away their intellectual-property rights, indefinitely postponing the deadline it had set for them to do so, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The university’s provost, Patricia E. Beeson, said she would form a task force to examine the issue. The faculty assembly this week approved a resolution asking the university’s administration to delay the deadline.

Administrators have said an explicit agreement, in which faculty members agree to transfer their intellectual-property rights to the university, is required under a 2011 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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