[Irtalk] ‘Huge amounts of confusion’ over IP rights | News | Times Higher Education

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 10:42:57 SAST 2015

Charles Oppenheim, visiting professor at the University of Northampton,
said that IP-grabbing policies are a result of “ignorance rather than
anything else”. But he added that various reports over the past few years –
including a 2007 investigation by sector advisory service Jisc Legal – *warned
universities that such contractual terms were unfair and would not stand up
in court.*

​Sebastian Conran, designer in residence in the University of Sheffield’s
Faculty of Engineering, said that the differences in detail of IP policies
at universities are a hindrance for businesses wanting to engage with
academia. *Having to negotiate different terms for each project “soaks up
lots of unnecessary time and causes resentment”, he said.*

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