Beginning Nov. 1, 2011, all new employees, appointees and visitors should sign the recently updated 2011 Patent Acknowledgment form rather than the 1997 version of the form.
The form has been amended as a result of court decisions in the recent Stanford v. Roche case to ensure that the University can continue to meet its legal obligations, properly manage its intellectual property and meet its responsibilities as a public trust under the State Constitution.
Because the court decisions put the University’s rights to inventions and patents at risk, it is important that we begin using the updated Patent Acknowledgment on Nov. 1, 2011. In addition to ensuring newly hired and appointed personnel have signed the proper form, the Nov. 1 implementation is critical to the second phase of updating the Patent acknowledgment.
Later this year, current faculty, staff and visitors hired on or before Oct. 31, 2011 will be asked to sign an amendment to the Patent Acknowledgment or Agreement that they signed when last hired or appointed.