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IP muddle

Students may be better informed about intellectual property ownership than your article Open Access Misunderstood by Latest Generation of Doctoral Students suggests by saying “More than one-quarter thought that [students], not their institution, owned the IP they developed, which is likely not to be the case in the UK.” [see related article].

In the UK, if students are not university employees, they are, in fact, likely to own IP they develop, in the absence of any contract to the contrary. Different universities take different positions, for different reasons, regarding (doctoral and other) student IP. Some will require assignment of ownership by all, others just by those involved in commercially sensitive work.

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