An intellectual property handbook for teachers and researchers from the Association of College and Research Libraries. (UH Clear Lake also owns a hard copy of this resource; see below for more information.)
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.
Written by a select team of IP professionals, most of whom also have years of experience as scientists, this volume addresses IP issues relevant to the academic community--including ways to efficiently deal with the structural constraints inherent in the university environment. Scientists and engineers will benefit from the authors' insights and their advice on how to establish good communication with university Offices of Technology Transfer. This perspective affords a common language and facilitates a smoother path through IP procedures. The book covers the best approaches to determine invention novelty by prior art searching and gives step-by-step guidance in using the best modern electronic patent databases. It presents a unique practical approach for assessing the monetary value of ideas and provides software for invention valuation, which can be used even during the early stages of an invention's development. The book also discusses invention ownership, which is a crucial issue for scientists employed by universities.