NCURA’s YouTube Tuesday

Today’s installment of NCURA’s YouTube Tuesday focuses on considerations that must be addressed when a PI accepts work as a direct consultant, and how these differ to those that arise when the PI’s efforts are covered in a more formal sponsored project agreement.  Even though consultants are technically working on their own behalf, their responsibilities and obligations may abut and even occasionally run contrary to those of the consultant’s employing institution.  Consequently, while not every ORA reviews faculty consulting agreements, it’s important that all PIs are, at the very least, educated with respect to their duties and encouraged to seek guidance if any questions arise.

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NCURA’s YouTube Tuesday

Today’s offering by NCURA is directed to the “America Invents Act,” which will dramatically change the way in which both businesses and universities protect their Intellectual Property.  We discuss IP’s importance in research administration more than you probably like, but disposition of ownership and licensing rights is one of the major negotiation points for any contract.  Consequently, the move from ‘first to invent’ to ‘first to file’ will certainly affect not only your institution’s tech transfer initiatives, but also how your PIs will publish and otherwise disclose potentially proprietary material.

Don’t forget to visit NCURA’s YouTube page for even more instructional and helpful videos!