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University IP guidelines tweaked to give students a fairer deal

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Addendum says students in the Netherlands are entitled to a ‘reasonable reward’ for original work

Guidelines for how universities and some academic hospitals in the Netherlands should handle intellectual property rights have been amended to address complaints from students that they were having to hand over all of their IP to their institutions.

The addendum to the guidelines was presented to education and science minister Ingrid van Engelshoven and MP Dennis Wiersma on 23 September by the VSNU association of universities, the NFU federation of university medical centres and Dutch Students for Entrepreneurship (DutchSE). It will be introduced at universities “in the near future”, according to the VSNU.

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