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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Managing university IP to spur research, not revenue

Iain Thomson, University calls for intellectual property rethink, Information World Review, October 31, 2007.  Excerpt:

Delegates at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology IT Summit have heard that the new university will be much more open with its intellectual property than equivalent universities in the US.

The summit has been set up to design the university's policies from the ground up, and to move towards more open standards that would spur research, rather than locking it down for financial benefit.

"Our need to make an impact is greater than our need to get a revenue stream, " said Dr Ibrahim Al Mishari, former chief information officer at Saudi Aramco, the state oil company which is heavily involved with the new university.

"The university will play a role in the new model for technology transfer. Not for the advantage of the university, but for the students and the region."

The approach was warmly welcomed by delegates. Most agreed that the current system is in need of serious reform, and that opening up intellectual property could have real benefits....

Comment.  This is incredibly refreshing and forward looking.  Is this something that only brand new, well-endowed universities could consider?  Or could any university do it, perhaps by rereading its mission statement?