As technology transfer managers from around the country prepare
debate the role of academic researchers in commercializing their
inventions, two experts – one from each side of the aisle – have
together to propose an Academic Inventors’ Bill of
The authors of the initial draft are Alan Bentley, Director of
Commercialization for Cleveland Clinic Innovations, and Dr. Renee
Kaswan, founder of IPAdvocate.org (www.IPAdvocate.org),
former research professor at the University of Georgia and
the breakthrough product for dry eye, Restasis®.
Bentley and Kaswan are unveiling their Academic Inventors’ Bill of Rights in a poster presentation at the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Annual Meeting, which kicks off today in New Orleans.
Both believe that adopting a standard of minimal legal protections for the intellectual property of students and faculty will benefit faculty, students, society at large and universities in the long run.
“Most technology commercialization professionals understand the importance of building strong partnerships with our faculty innovators,” said Bentley. “The productivity of our industry has been called into question of late, partly because of isolated system failures in working with faculty. The creation of a standardized Inventors’ Bill of Rights that all academic institutions can adopt would be a powerful message to our faculty that commercialization is indeed a partnership.”