Letter on IP published in University Times

The University Times has published a letter What to consider when modernizing Pitt’s IP policy.

Here are the main points from the letter.

  • We oppose global present assignments and related legal tools for securing University ownership of broad swaths of future IP.
  • We disagree with the reasoning that the University is entitled to claim IP because it provides resources to its scholars.
  • We support a default policy of scholar ownership of newly created IP.
  • We support a flexible policy that allows discretionary transfer of ownership of IP
  • We believe that all University scholars should be treated equally under the policy.
  • We support the notion that all IP should be treated consistently.
  • We urge the chancellor and provost to recognize that all scholars have an unbridgeable right to release their intellectual creations or discoveries into the public domain.