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How to avoid missing out on commercial rewards, even when you weren’t expecting them

Recently, a scientist I know asked me to review a consultancy agreement he’d received. When I asked him to tell me a bit more about the project, he said that he had already provided some expert advice to the company last year. That had gone well and they had decided, several months ago, to make it a regular gig.

He had designed a test and the company was using it to great effect. There was the potential for that test to be a nice little earner. What type of arrangement did I think he could come to on the intellectual property rights for this test that would work for both him and the company?

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