Who Owns Student Inventions – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

| February 1, 2011

iPhone App Raises Questions About Who Owns Student Inventions – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

This is an important case, regardless of the whole iPhone app context. It really highlights the changing context of student roles in education (and the lag in recognizing and adjusting to it.)

Here’s a brief quote:

Today’s students have a skill sets that simply were not reflected in the old intellectual-property rules,” said Keith Politte, manager of the Technology Testing Center at Reynolds Journalism Institute…. The old intellectual-property rules “frustrated everyone who had an interest in supporting student entrepreneurship,” Mr. Politte said.

Interestingly, the school agreed, giving the students complete rights over their own work, and in the process rewrote their intellectual property policy. An unusually savvy decision.

Here’s to other institutions following suit…