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Inventorship vs. Authorship in Academic Research

Academic institutions are engines of innovation. Commercializing these innovations typically requires securing patent protection for the underlying inventive concepts. U.S. Patent Laws require the naming of the inventor or joint inventors of the claimed subject matter. But academic researchers often conflate the concept of authorship with the legal requirements for inventorship. That confusion can cause a host of problems, including incorrect identification of inventors on a patent application, difficulty in patent enforcement, and diminishment of the financial rewards due to true inventors after their invention is commercialized. And because many inventions are conceived by multiple researchers from the same institution or across multiple institutions with different levels of contribution to the inventive concept, it is important to assess the contribution of each individual to arrive at a complete and accurate list of co-inventors.

In this complimentary webinar, Boston partner Reza Mollaaghababa and Harvard attorney Peter Kielty Sollins:

  • Discussed legal requirements for inventorship,     
  • Explained distinctions between inventorship and authorship,
  • Provided practical guidance for identifying inventors, including joint inventors, and
  • Discussed potential pitfalls of research collaborations among academic institutions. 

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Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. EDT

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